Death café and information fair on 11 May at Airedale Hospital
Members of the public are being invited to a special café and information event at Airedale Hospital to talk about a taboo subject – death.
The Death Café is being organised by the palliative care team on Thursday 11 May, between 10am and 2pm, as part of the national Dying Matters Awareness Week. Visitors and staff are invited to join the team in the café area at the bottom of the main entrance stairway in a relaxed atmosphere for discussion about dying and bereavement, with refreshments on hand. There will also be an information fair on the top landing, above main reception and the idea for the event is to be a creative mix of diverse information to inform and support staff and public, about death, dying and bereavement.
Also on Wednesday 10th May 10-12 Katie Shepherd, Palliative Care Nurse and Liz Maitland, Chaplain at Manorlands Hospice will be running a Dying Matters Awareness Week information stall at the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley, and members of the public are encouraged to come and chat to us for information and support.
Set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009, Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017) aims to encourage people to talk about their own end of life issues with friends, family and loved ones in order to make ‘a good death’ possible for the 500,000 people who die in England each year.
Research shows there is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death. Seventy percent of people would prefer to die at home but around half currently die in hospital.
The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is ‘What Can You Do?’, This aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community.
Fiona Widdowson, End of Life Care Facilitator at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying.
“Many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but they are reluctant to discuss them, making it much less likely that they will be met.
“Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones.
“With people living for longer with life limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. If you don’t talk to your loved ones about their wishes you may be risking leaving it too late.”
We want people to actively make plans for themselves, share them with friends and family, support the bereaved and offer support and help to those who may need it. People shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help or to offer help. Communities are growing larger and more varied and all can be affected by death and loss.”