Dying Matters: What's on your bucket list?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 May 2018

Dying Matters is a national initiative to get people to talk about death and dying.
Isabel Hospice has a number of free events during to encourage people to talk about the topic.
Picture: Supplied bu Isabel Hospice

Dying Matters is a national initiative to get people to talk about death and dying. Isabel Hospice has a number of free events during to encourage people to talk about the topic. Picture: Supplied bu Isabel Hospice

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A Welwyn Garden City hospice is encouraging people to get talking about what many feel is an uncomfortable subject.

Isabel Hospice will be putting on a number of free events during May to promote the national awareness week of Dying Matters, May 14-20.

The hospice is hoping to help people break the silence on the somewhat taboo subjects of death and dying by asking them to talk about their bucket list.

Nicky Wood, who is part of the Isabel Hospice education team, explained: “Talking about death won’t bring it any closer but can make life better.

“In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

“The Coalition’s Mission is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life, a mission which mirrors our own Isabel Hospice vision.

“We are keen to see a world where communities talk openly about death and dying, everyone lives well for as long as possible and dies with dignity in the place of their choice, knowing their loved ones are supported.”

Nicky added: “Isabel Hospice’s free events this year include a film, a play, and Dying Matters Pop In coffee mornings, all free and all open to the public.

“You may want to swim with dolphins or drive a sports car.

“Whatever it is, tell us, and start a conversation. If you enter the draw, you could be picked to win a fab experience.”

On Monday, May 14, the film Seven Songs for a Long Life is being put on as a free screening.

The film follows six hospice patients who choose to sing their way through life.

The screening will be followed by discussions and afternoon tea and is being held in the hospice’s Living Well with Isabel Community Hub in Hall Grove, WGC from 2pm to 5pm.

The hospice also is hosting Dying Matters Pop up Cafés on Monday, May 14, and Thursday, May 17, from 11.30am – 1.30pm at The Living Well with Isabel Community Hub.

On Tuesday, May 22, Don’t Leave Me Now is a free play which is being hosted by the hospice as part of Dementia Awareness week and following on from Dying Matters Week.

To find out more, visit www.isabelhospice.org.uk/events

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