Hospice backs Dying Matters week

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 May 2011

Weston Hospicecare

Weston Hospicecare

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WESTON Hospicecare is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week by encouraging people to talk about death and discuss with their loved ones the end of life care they want.

This campaign, which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition, is promoting the need for people to talk about dying, death and bereavement – with events being held across the country throughout the week.

Weston Hospicecare supports more than 1,300 people every year who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness.

Gill Blackshaw, director of nursing, said: “Many of us have specific wishes about how we would like to die, or what we would like to happen after our death, but unless we discuss these with family, friends and health professionals our wishes will not be met.

“These conversations need to happen more often with our loved ones so that if we are faced with the prospect of death in the future the topic has already been broached making it a little bit easier.

“Our team of specialist palliative care nurses and counsellors know just how difficult it can be to discuss dying and bereavement with those closest to us and will help patients to start those conversations.

“Whether those wishes are to die at home with the support of our Hospice at Home service or spending their final days with us here at the hospice, we will ensure that the wishes of our patients are met wherever possible, with the correct support around them.”

According to the Dying Matters Coalition, two thirds of people agree that people in Britain are uncomfortable discussing dying and death.

Around 70 per cent of people would prefer to die at home, but around 60 per cent die in hospital.

Gill added: “It’s not easy starting a conversation about such a gloomy subject but, this weekend, over a cup of tea broach the subject with your partner, mum, dad or other family member.

“It’s a lot easier to have the conversation when you are well rather than poorly and although it’s not an easy subject to talk about, once you have you can put it to the back of your mind and hopefully you will find peace of mind.”

For more details visit www.dyingmatters.org

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