Voluntary Sector Network to Mark Dying Matters Week

Candle burning in darkness
Friday, 30 April, 2021

Jan Scott, Service Development Manager at Saint Francis Hospice, will lead a discussion at the Voluntary Sector Network meeting at 10am on Wednesday 5 May. The meeting is open to anyone involved with a charity or community group in Redbridge. Click here to join the meeting using Teams.

Jan says:

Each year at Saint Francis Hospice we celebrate Dying Matters Week. It is a time when we can reflect on the many people we have cared for at the end of their lives and the families that we have helped in saying goodbye. It is also a time when we can think about the aftercare we can offer to people bereaved. This past year has been very difficult for many as the COVID virus has taken the lives of so many. For some families they didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye.

Many of us find it very difficult to talk about death and dying, because it can be worrying to think about dying ourselves or losing a loved one; but there is something special about Dying Matters Week that helps us focus and realise the importance of finding the courage to talk about what our wishes would be. We can think about where we would like our care, can I do an advanced care plan, who do I want with me and where would my preferred place be to die. What would my funeral look like and have I got a bucket list of lovely things to do before my life ends and whilst I am well enough to enjoy it.

Please join me at our Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services networking meeting and have this discussion with me together with our colleagues across the borough, come and share your thoughts and experiences or if you feel more comfortable just listen to other people’s stories.

For more information about the Voluntary Sector Network, see here.

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