Jersey Hospice Care - Dying Matters

Jersey Hospice Care - Dying Matters

08 May 2017 00:00

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Dying Matters week

8th to€“ 14th May

Jersey Hospice Care asks the community what can you do?

Would you know how to support a family member, colleague or friend who has been recently bereaved, or who had a life limiting illness?

This is the question Jersey Hospice Care will be asking islanders during Dying Matters Awareness Week (8 to 14 May). The theme this year, what can you do, is expanding on last years ‘The Big Conversation’, which 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.

During the week, we have organised a range of events, which we hope will appeal to a wide audience. These include:

Monday to Friday (excluding Liberation Day on Tuesday): our specialist palliative care nurses and physios will be encouraging passers by to join them on the sofa for a coffee and conversation at Co op Grande Marche, St Helier between 10.30 and 15.00

Wednesday: we will be in the Citizens Advice Bureau, New Street, available to chat about how you can support your friends, colleagues and family

Thursday: islanders are invited to drop in to Jersey Hospice Care, between 10.00 and 12.00, to chat to staff about advance care planning and how to support a friend or colleague who has been bereaved and those who have a life limiting illness

Friday: we will be hosting an information stand in the Hospital Foyer between 09.30 and 12.00. There will be representatives from our chaplaincy team, Specialist Palliative Care team and the Anatomical Pathology team at the General Hospital

Gail Caddell, Director of Palliative Services at Jersey Hospice Care, said: Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones.

‘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.

Community Bereavement Service 01534 285144
Income Generation Team 01534 510349
Mont Cochon, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3JB T: 01534 876555 | F: 01534 876333