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The Hospice has listened to stories of caring, dying and bereavement as part of its Listen, Learn, Adapt initiative. During interviews, people told us what mattered to them and we discovered many common themes. Their stories inspired us to develop three new resources to equip and encourage people to explore their own networks of support.
We are currently testing these with people in the community. We would like to collect your feedback to support our decision to continue providing them.
Memorable Moments – Making memories for yourself and for those close to you
People regretted not taking advantage of the time they had left together to create new memories. They wished they had taken the time to make new memories, even though it might have needed support and guidance to make them happen.
Express to others what’s important to you by recalling fond memories. When we share the things we enjoy, it becomes easier to make new memories together. Anyone can begin these conversations.
At the Hospice, our staff and volunteers are privileged to see people and their families enjoy a variety of different experiences. Often these moments take place during the toughest time of people’s lives and lead to memories, which can be cherished. These don’t have to be big things, just something that is important to you or something you enjoy doing, either on your own or with your friends and family.
Where to get help – Knowing where and who to go to for your individual needs
When your own care needs or the needs of someone else change, thinking about who can help and where to go for the right support and information are just some of the concerns you may face. You might have questions to ask, but equally, you might not know what to expect. This information prompts questions about some of the things you might want to think about. Some things will be relevant to you, others may not.
We heard that people with networks of support tended to have better experiences at the end of life. Planning for your own care or for the care of someone close to you is not always easy and it can feel overwhelming. We hope this guide will help you think about the support you have around you in three easy steps.
1. Thinking about everyday life
2. What’s really important to you?
3. Bringing steps one and two together to make a plan