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Photographs of some of Ipswich Hospital’s staff with their Dying Matters pledges are attached. They show Lisa Nobes, Director of Nursing (photo 1), Sarah Higson, Patient Experience lead (photo 2) and the Palliative Care team (photo 3).
We know Dying Matters
04 May 2017

Patients, visitors and staff at our hospital will be asked to step inside a photo booth and share their thoughts about the things they could do to help others in times of grief as part of an initiative encouraging people to talk more openly about death.

The photo booth has been arranged as part of a series of activities to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs between 8 and 14 May and carries the theme “What can you do?” It will be on site outside the Carer’s Cabin at the hospital on Friday (12 May) between 10am and 4pm.

Earlier in the week, a study day will take place on Tuesday, and will see Chief Executive Nick Hulme and other hospital staff speak alongside Simon Chapman, who is a director with the National Council for Palliative Care, and Dr Alan Fletcher, a medical examiner from Sheffield.

The chaplaincy team has also organised tours of Ipswich Crematorium, while ‘bucket list’ stands giving people the chance to share their dreams by listing the things they’d like to do before they die will be available throughout the week.

All of the activities have been arranged by the chaplaincy and palliative care teams. They hope to encourage more people to plan for their death while helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement.

Rev Tony Brookes, lead chaplain at the hospital, said: “Many people still feel uncomfortable when it comes to talking about death, which is something we are keen to change. We hope that the events we have organised during the week will help us to break down some of those barriers and encourage people to discuss their wishes openly with their friends, family and relatives.

“Talking about death won’t bring it closer, but can ensure that your wishes are met as you reach the end of your life.

“We’d encourage as many people as possible to take part in the week and speak openly about death so that dying well can become a natural part of a good life.”

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, visit www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek