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Hospice invites people to talk about death during Dying Matters Week

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Hospice invites people to talk about death during Dying Matters Week

The Hospice will be out and about posing questions to the public next week.

St Nicholas Hospice Care’s week of engagement with the local community is part of Dying Matters Week (13-19 May), a national campaign to get people talking about dying, death and grief.

The Hospice’s Education Team will be asking passers-by five questions taken from their Life’s Questions initiative. The sessions held in schools, colleges and youth groups support young people to develop resilience by discussing life’s challenges such as death, divorce, loss and grief.

The five questions are:

1. Is it ok to talk about death?

2. Have you watched a documentary, TV show or film about death? If yes, can you recommend one?

3. Do we recover from grief?

4. How do you explain death to a younger person?

5. Have you made a will?

Lisa Patterson, Community Hospice Educator and Life’s Questions Lead, St Nicholas Hospice Care, said:

“We are looking forward to chatting to people, young and old, about dying, death and grief.

“We appreciate that it’s not always easy for some people but if we have these conversations now it can hopefully empower people to manage and be more resilient when the time comes. Talking openly about our needs and wishes will also help your family, friends, colleagues and the local community support you better.”

The Hospice’s Haverhill Hub in Camps Road, Haverhill, will be having an information stall all week. Abi Morris, Hub’s manager, will be on hand to listen to people’s answers to the questions and provide information on the Hospice’s services.

The Hospice will be holding information stalls at the following locations and times, during Dying Matters Week:

Monday, 13 May, 9.30am to 2.30pm Glasswells, Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds

Tuesday, 14 May, 9.30am to 2.30pm Coffee House in Bury St Edmunds Library

Wednesday, 15 May, 9am to 4pm Market Square in Bury St Edmunds

11am to 2pm A local law firm will be providing information on the importance of making a Will.

Sunday, 19 May St Nicholas Hospice Care event: Paws in the Park dog show, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds.

The Hospice will be posing the questions to passers-by as well as providing information and support to those who need it.

All are welcome to come along and join the conversation on the information stalls. If you want to get involved in the conversation but are unable to make the information stalls, then why not visit the Hospice’s Facebook page and share your answers on there.