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Good Death Café’ will sensitively address dying, death and bereavement

Dying matters

George Eliot Hospital is holding a “Good Death Cafe” on Thursday 21st May to raise awareness and provide helpful advice to the public and local professionals about dying, death and bereavement. Specialists will be visiting the George Eliot Hospital to help people plan for ‘end of life’ in a positive and sensitive manner.

George Eliot Hospital End of Life Care Specialist Nurse, Kristy Clayton, said: “Dying is a difficult subject for all of us to discuss and this event aims to provide support and advice to make a difficult event in life just that little bit easier to prepare for.”

“Many of us are unprepared for this life event or need support to help make arrangements for end of life for either ourselves or our loved ones. This event is designed to encourage members of the public take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for themselves and for their loved ones. These are:  

·         Write your will

·         Record your funeral wishes

·         Plan your future care and support

·         Consider registering as an organ donor

·         Tell your loved ones your wishes”

This end of life event is being organised to support ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ (18th – 24th May 2015), organised by the ’Dying Matters Coalition’ to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 is ‘You only die once’, or #YODO, an action-focused phrase emphasising that we only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why it’s vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life – before it’s too late.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking the five steps we are promoting during Dying Matters Awareness Week to plan for the future, we can make a big difference.”

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust will be holding the Good Death Cafe atthe George Eliot Training and Education Centre (GETEC) on 21st May 2015, between 10am and 2pm.  Local people and professionals alike will be able to come and see what services are available in our area for people approaching the end of their life and into bereavement.

Stall holders confirmed for the event include specialist George Eliot Hospital health and support services, representatives from Macmillan Information Service, local hospices, funeral directors, George Eliot Hospital Chaplaincy and family support services.

Refreshments will be available at the event and a friendly team of staff from the George Eliot Hospital will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions during the event.

For further information regarding the Good Death Cafe, please call Kristy Clayton, End of Life Care Specialist Nurseon 07554115501or e-mail at:kristy.clayton@geh.nhs.uk

For further information on the Dying Matters Coalition or events during Dying Matters Awareness Week, please call freephone 08000 214466 or email info@dyingmatters.org, or visit the website at www.dyingmatters.org

Notes to editors

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

Set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009, the Dying Matters Coalition aims to encourage people to talk about their own end of life issues with friends, family and loved ones in order to make ‘a good death’ possible for the 500,000 people who die in England each year.

Research for Dying Matters has found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met. There is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death: 70% of people would prefer to die at home but more than half currently die in hospital.

The comments in this release represent the views of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and do not necessarily represent the views of the Dying Matters Coalition or other member organisations.


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