Hospice asks public to speak out in awareness week
PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:37 15 May 2012
IN SUPPORT of the Dying Matters Awareness Week Weston Hospicecare tells the local community to speak out about their wishes.
The awareness campaign, which is running this week, encourages individuals and organisations to take the simple steps that can make a big difference to people when they are dying or bereaved.
Weston Hospicecare supports members of the community emotionally and practically through their journey, from diagnosis to end of life and into bereavement.
Dying Matters’ research shows more than two thirds of people actually prefer to be in their own home when they die but the reluctance to talk about people’s preferences means only half get their wish.
Nina Thompson lost her mum, Lucy Afshar, aged 65, of Weston, to cancer in February and was supported throughout her illness by the hospice.
She said: “My mum had made the decision to die at home when she was still relatively well and informed me and my family of this, which we wanted to respect.
“Towards the end I got so worried about my mum and my family’s ability to help her through her pain that I contacted the hospice to ask that she be admitted where I knew they could take care of her.
“The hospice staff talked me through my worries and provided us with lots of home help and advice to enable mum to stay at home in line with her wishes.
“Now she is gone, I’m so pleased we respected her wishes and left her at home, it is a great comfort to me to know that she was exactly where she wanted to be when she died.
“Had she not have mentioned that to us and had we not have had the support of the hospice community nurse we would never have known and unwittingly gone against her wishes.”
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