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Return of the Good Death Café 

A public event at George Eliot Hospital will see health and care specialists on hand to dispel myths around death and dying and support people to plan for ‘end of life’ in a positive and sensitive manner.

The fourth annual “Good Death Café” returns to the George Eliot Hospital on Wednesday 28th November 2018 to raise awareness and provide helpful advice to the public and local professionals about dying, death and bereavement. 

The Good Death Café has been organised by George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group.  It will take place at the George Eliot Hospital Education and Training Centre (GETEC) from 6pm until 8pm.

Local people and professionals alike will be able to come and see what services are available in the local area for people approaching the end of their life, how they can plan a ‘good death’ and how to cope when dealing with bereavement. It will also show how services work together to support families across North Warwickshire and surrounding areas.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative Care, Kristy Clayton, said: “We all recognise that the subject of dying can be a difficult one to discuss for many people. 

The cafe aims to provide support and advice to make a difficult event in life just that little bit easier to prepare for and to encourage people to join in our dialogue.”

There will be presentations and talks from specialists during the evening as well as stalls available for one-to-one discussion and sharing of information. Stall holders attending the event include Specialists in Palliative Care from George Eliot Hospital and South Warwickshire Foundation Group, local hospices, funeral directors, multi-faith representatives, as well as support groups for patients and carers in Warwickshire North.

The event also provides an opportunity for professional stakeholders, with an interest in end of life, to discuss their work and talk about what more needs to be done to raise awareness of matters that relate to end of life.

Refreshments will be available at the event and a friendly team of staff will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions during the event. Free parking outside GETEC will also be available.

For further information regarding the Good Death Cafe, please call Kristy Clayton, Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative Care on 07467110390 or e-mail at: kristy.clayton@geh.nhs.uk

Further information about what the country is doing to raise awareness on this subject can be found on the Dying Matters Coalition website www.dyingmatters.org

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