Dying Matters Week – opening the door to conversation about death, dying and bereavement

Nottinghamshire Hospice will open the doors to its historic premises on Friday 18 May as part of Dying Matters awareness week.

Members of the public are invited to see first-hand how the hospice supports people with a terminal or life-limiting illness, their families and carers. They can learn how patients can benefit from Day

Therapy services including palliative care, emotional and spiritual support, complementary therapies and support for carers, and how the Hospice at Home palliative care teams provide round the clock care for people in the community, allowing them to die with dignity in their own homes.

The Open Hospice day rounds off a week of activities including a ‘Pop-up Hospice’ at the Hive, Mansfield, and a community information day at the hospice for nurses and GPs.

A team will also be taking a ‘Before I Die’ chalkboard on the road to the Nottinghamshire Hospice shops at Calverton, Mapperley, Sherwood, Wollaton and Burton Joyce.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Liz Morgan says: “As a society we do need to talk about death and dying in order to be able to prepare for our own death and that of our loved ones. Dying Matters Week is an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

“Being diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting condition can be devastating for people so the hospice is here to help. The services we provide help patients and their carers cope with such a diagnosis and make the most of the life they have left.

“We are opening our doors during Dying Matters Week and taking the hospice on the road to help raise awareness across Nottinghamshire that we are here to serve local communities.”

The Open Hospice Day runs from 10.30 – 12 and from 13.30 to 3pm on Friday 18 May. All are welcome.

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