10th-16th May is Dying Matters Awareness Week. This year, the week focusses on the importance of being in a good place to die.
We know that there is no right or wrong place to die – people have different preferences and varying care needs. However, it is so important that it is a subject which people approach with their families and friends, in order to be able to plan for death.
Being ‘in a good place’ refers to being emotionally and physically ready, with care arranged, where necessary. In order to get to this point it is vital that conversations have taken place which allow the right decisions to be made.
In the week of 10th May we have planned two Zoom discussion groups which are open to all, aiming to open discussions about this year’s theme – a good place to die – and, Advance Care Planning.
Our plans for the week:
Dying Matters Week: Your Thoughts group discussion – Wednesday 12th May, 11am-12pm
Taking place on Zoom
Led by Emily Santos, Creative Arts & Wellbeing Co-ordinator & Emma Naef, Compassionate Neighbours Co-ordinator
Dying Matters Week is all about taking the opportunity to have conversations about this year’s theme: In A Good Place to Die.
With this in mind, we would like to invite you to our facilitated group discussion, Dying Matters Week: Your Thoughts.
This is an open invitation and will give attendees the opportunity to share thoughts and reflections, ask questions and meet others for an open conversation in an accessible, respectful and confidential space. We will limit the numbers of the group to a maximum of 10. The facilitators from Peace Hospice Care will be there to offer conversation starters and to support the group throughout.
There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for people to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it.
Please note that this is not a bereavement support or counselling group. If you would like to learn more about our bereavement and counselling support please contact Laura Smith, Bereavement & Counselling Co-ordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance Care Planning: Making Your Wishes Known – Friday 14th May – 1pm-2pm
Taking place on Zoom
Led by Claire Hammond, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Team Leader
It all starts with a conversation. This zoom session will offer a general overview of the topic of Advance Care Planning, which is the process of thinking about and planning for the future.
Advance Care Planning enables you to make your wishes known to your loved ones and those responsible for your care and helps to clarify your own thoughts and choices. For example, you may be thinking about writing your will, wanting to decide who you would like to care for you and where you would like to be cared for or what treatments you would wish to receive. This session will give you the chance to broaden your knowledge and ask any questions you may have in a safe and honest environment.
Please note you will need to have a Zoom account to attend this session.
To register your interest in either session, please email Emma Naef at: email@example.com or on: 07718 570 112. Both sessions will take place over Zoom and require a Zoom login to attend, which you will receive on registration of interest.