Getting the conversation started about ‘Dying Matters’

Chatting about planning for the future

With 6 May marking the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Rowcroft Hospice’s Education Team is inviting the local community to its café event on Tuesday 7 May at Rowcroft’s Ella’s Café Lounge in Chelston to get the conversation flowing about planning for the future. The team from Rowcroft will be on hand at the café in Walnut Road from 10am until 2pm and will be supporting people to consider topics related to future and end-of-life planning. Catherine Hughes and Kerry Macnish (pictured above), both experienced palliative care nurses and educators, will be available to help others wishing to explore aspects about planning for your future.

Opening the conversation

Kerry Macnish, Head of Education at Rowcroft Hospice, expressed the significance of fostering open dialogue within the community:

“At Rowcroft, we believe that planning for the future is a crucial aspect of ensuring peace of mind for both individuals and their loved ones. Our pop-up event at Ella’s Café Lounge offers a calm and relaxed setting where people can ask questions, share their concerns, and receive guidance on navigating these important decisions regarding end of life.”

Dying Matters Awareness Week

The pop-up event is part of Dying Matters Awareness Week – a nationwide campaign that aims to make it easier and more comfortable for people to talk about death, dying and bereavement. The event will provide valuable insights and resources to help individuals make informed choices about their preferences for end of life. Guests are also invited to treat themselves to a delicious coffee, cake or tasty lunch while engaging in these important conversations.

Breaking the taboo

“We’re working to break the stigma attached to conversations around death and dying,” added Kerry Macnish. “While we understand that having these conversations can sometimes feel difficult and daunting, there are so many advantages to having early discussions and making these vital preparations. Planning ahead can alleviate stress, create peace of mind, provide clarity during tough times, and ultimately ensure that wishes can be fulfilled. We encourage everyone to drop by Ella’s Café Lounge on 7 May to find out more about how you can plan for the future.”

Rear view of grandparents looking at their family in nature

‘Planning for the future’ hub

Those unable to attend the event are encouraged to take a look at Rowcroft’s ‘Planning for the future’ hub, which contains helpful tips and information on a variety of subjects including: having conversations, treatment escalation plans, legal decisions and power of attorney, supporting someone with a learning disability, supporting young people and children, making a will, preparing digital assets, organ donation, preparing a funeral and organ donation.

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