Monday, 14 April 2014

Anglea wants to bungee jump and plant an apple tree in her garden. Steve longs to pushbike to Paris and meet Mick Jagger and Jean wishes to play the piano.

Most of us have a list of things we yearn to do before we die.  Our personal  bucket list may be full of ambitious  projects or just contain a couple of heartfelt hankerings.  

Throughout Dying Matters National Awareness Week on May 12 to 18th,  Peace Hospice Care is focusing on achieving our bucket list ambitions and has organised other  activities that help us 'live well and die well'.

On  May 13th , at 7.30pm  as part of Dying Matters Week,   Peace Hospice Care will be screening  the heart-warming  'Bucket List'  movie in the Starlight Centre.

Patients, families, staff, volunteers,  the community and in particular, those who have never visited the hospice before, are invited to come along, enjoy the film and take part in a  post movie discussion  which will be led by Sarah Russell, Director of Education and Research at Peace Hospice Care and  the Hospice of St Francis.

The comedy drama  follows two terminally ill lung cancer patients (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), who set out to achieve their lifelong dreams before they die.

The screening of the Bucket List is just one of the activities going on throughout the Dying Matters national awareness week.  Peace Hospice Care will also  be asking staff , volunteers and prominent members of the community if they will share their bucket list wishes with us for Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Writing your will, recording your own funeral wishes and  registering as an organ donor are also being encouraged and Peace Hospice Care in collaboration with the Hospice of St Francis will be actively raising awareness with information stands at Watford General Hospital and other local hospitals.

'Dying can be  a difficult subject to talk about,' said Peace Hospice Care, Care Home Educator Jo Loney.  'We often don't make our wishes known but throughout Dying Matters Week we are encouraging everyone to take time to make important decisions which could have a positive impact on your life and those you care about.  We would encourage as many people as possible to come and watch the Bucket List film here at the Starlight Centre and bring someone with them who may have never visited a hospice before.'

For further information on Dying Matters Week and to book your seat for the Bucket List movie contact: Jo Loney, Care Home Educator on 01923 330 330 and leave a message or starlight@peacehospicecare.org.uk