Local people invited to information evening about death and dying

Posted: May 7, 2014

GWH and Prospect Hospice join forces

  • An evening for local people and health and social care professionals
  • Event marks national Dying Matters Awareness Week
  • Aims to prompt people to think about their own plans.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Prospect Hospice are joining forces to stage an information evening on Wednesday 14 May for local people and health and social care professionals, prompting people to think about their own plans and wishes for the end of their life and when they die.

The free event, 'You Only Die Once', features speakers from both organisations and is part of local activity to highlight the national Dying Matters Awareness Week. Throughout the week the public are being asked to think about issues including organ and tissue donation, will writing and planning for their future care, some of which will be covered by speakers at the event.

Dr Kate Tredgett, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at both the Great Western Hospital and the Prospect Hospice, said: "It is vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life - before it's too late. Too many of us fail to make the necessary plans for when we die, leaving partners, families and friends with a legacy of uncertainty. Dying Matters Awareness Week is a time when a national coalition of organisations invites people to consider their own plans. I am certain that people who attend will find the sessions informative and worthwhile."

The event takes place 6pm until 9pm, Wednesday 14 May, at the Academy in the Great Western Hospital. There is no need to book, just turn up. People wishing to attend are advised that there is a charge for parking at the Great Western Hospital. Any questions in advance of the event can be sent to info@prospect-hospice.net

The Dying Matters Coalition, of which the hospice and Trust are members, was set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. The Coalition's Mission is "to support changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement, and through this to make 'living and dying well' the norm".

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