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The Big Conversation: Dying Matters

05 May 2016

Health Care

Southend University Hospital’s palliative care team will be holding a special information event to encourage patients, carers and the local community to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement during Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The week runs from 9-15 May with the aims of changing attitudes to and raising awareness about end of life issues. This year's theme is "the big conversation" to encourage people to talk to each other about this very sensitive and often taboo subject, to help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

The team will be based in The Royals Shopping Centre in Southend on Saturday 14 May between 10am and 2pm to provide support, advice and practical information on how to make your wishes known including:

  • making a will
  • recording your funeral wishes
  • planning for future care and support
  • registering as an organ donor
  • telling your loved ones your wishes

Wendy Warner, palliative care lead nurse, said: "By talking about our end of life wishes with loved ones and healthcare professionals we can plan ahead and be sure that what is important to us is taken into consideration when it matters.

"We only get one chance so we need to ensure we do it right first time".

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week visit www.dyingmatters.org