Hospices unite to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021 by promoting community support and unity

To mark Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021, St Nicholas Hospice Care is joining forces with St Elizabeth Hospice and St Helena Hospice, to offer guidance on how communities can better support one another.

Every year, Dying Matters Awareness Week is held to encourage communities, individuals and organisations to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement.

This year the awareness week is running from May 10 to 16 and as part of the week-long initiative the Bury St Edmunds based hospice is collaborating with St Elizabeth Hospice, in Ipswich, and St Helena Hospice, in Colchester, to promote ways communities can support one another during difficult times in their lives through their involvement in the Compassionate Communities project

Glenn Hubbard, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s hospice community development Llead, said: “By working in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice and St Helena Hospice this Dying Matters Awareness Week, we are all hoping we will be able to highlight even more how important this week is. As hospices, we all support people in our local areas and we all want to ensure the best end-of-life care and support for all.

“By coming together to arrange a series of virtual events for Dying Matters Awareness Week, we aim to increase the opportunities for conversation around death and bereavement, and we hope people will join us for those discussions.”

Compassionate Communities is a national approach which supplements the support given by healthcare providers, by offering resources and guidance to enable the public to feel more confident in having conversations surrounding the taboo topics of bereavement, death and dying.

The collaboration between the three hospices will see them host a number of online events which will offer advice and guidance to help the public to support each other with kindness during some of the most difficult times in their lives, such as the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a serious illness.

More than 30 events will be held both online and in person during the awareness week including “Care and loss during COVID – How do we Heal?”, “Life’s Questions”, a session which supports children and young people to discuss topics such as dying, death and grief openly and “Grave Talk” which creates a space where questions around life, death, funerals, society and grief can be explored.

A number of practical online workshops will also be hosted, for the public to learn more about Compassionate Communities and support available for bereavement and end-of-life care, with a full programme of activities available to view at www.compassionatecommunitieseast.com.

St Nicholas Hospice Care provides care and support to those facing dying, caring and grief across West Suffolk and Thetford.

To find out more about St Nic’s and its services visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk

More information about St Elizabeth Hospice can be found by visiting www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/compassion and further details about St Helena Hospice can be found at www.sthelena.org.uk

Pictured above are representatives from St Nicholas Hospice, St Elizabeth Hospice and St Helena Hospice.

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