Rennie Grove Hospice Care will be supporting this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week which takes place from May 18-24, and is encouraging local people to think and talk about dying and bereavement.
Dying Matters is a coalition with nearly 30,000 members that aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement. The coalition was set up and is led by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to support the implementation of the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy. Its membership is made up of organisations from across the NHS and the voluntary and independent health and care sectors. The group believes that society needs to talk more about dying, death and bereavement as death is still a taboo.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care is supporting the showing of a film
by Finity, a community group committed to raising public awareness of Dying Matters. What We Did On Our Holiday (12) is a family film that shows a light-hearted look at death and dying while managing to be profoundly moving. It will be shown in the Oldham Hall, Church Street, Great Missenden on Sunday, May 17 at 5pm and, doors open at 4.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from Samways in Great Missenden.
Rennie Grove’s Mobile Exhibition Unit will be out and about with information from the Dying Matters coalition and Rennie Grove Hospice Care at their charity shops in Pond Approach, Holmer Green from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 21 May and Victoria Street, St Albans from 11am to 3pm on the same day. It will also be visiting Princes Risborough from 11am to 3pm on Friday 22 May for chat, information giving, coffee and cake.
On Wednesday 20 May there will be a pop-up Death Café from 12-2pm at Costa Coffee in High Street Princes Risborough where people can meet to discuss end-of-life issues. There will also be a pop-up Death Café on Tuesday 2 June on a barge from 2.30-4.30pm at Berkhamsted Wharf. Together with Sue Brayne, author of The D Word: Talking About Dying: A Guide for Relatives, Friends and Careers, the café will be held on Sue’s boat Mystic Moon. To reserve a place visit www.deathcafe.com/deathcafe/1742.
Dr Jo Withers will also be holding a discussion titled ‘Medicine is about offering us end-of-life care, not about trying to prevent death at all costs”. This will be held from 7-8.30pm at K.Y Green Funeral Shop, Market Square, Princes Risborough on Thursday 21 May.
There will also be a woodland walk on Sunday 24 May at 2pm. Meet at Buryfield, next to the Great Missenden Memorial Hall in Link Road, Great Missenden, for the 2 mile walk which will give people a chance to talk and walk followed by tea and cake.
For more information about Dying Matters please visit www.dyingmatters.org.