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Dying Matters. Let's talk about it.
Saint Francis Hospice is supporting the sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week from May 18th to 24th.
We only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why it's vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life before it's too late.
That's why Saint Francis Hospice is supporting the sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week from May 18th to 24th.
The theme of the week is 'Dying Matters: Talk - Plan - Live' and during the week organizations supporting the event, including Saint Francis Hospice, will be encouraging people to think and talk about dying and thereby help themselves to live well and to make the most of life until the very end.
The week is aimed at providing practical steps to live and die well and the hospice together with fellow local health professionals, solicitors and funeral directors will be holding information stands at local hospitals, libraries and shopping centres. During the week you could write your will if you don't have one, record your funeral wishes and talk to your loved ones about your future care and plans.
During the week Saint Francis Hospice will be officially re-opening its furniture store at 105 High Street in Brentwood following a refurbishment designed to make shopping there a more enjoyable experience and improve the facilities for the volunteers who play a massive part in running the shop. The Mayor of Brentwood and Harry Derbridge of The Only Way is Essex fame will be there to perform the official re-opening honours at 11am on Friday 22nd May.
Also on that day for the first time the shop will provide a hub where local people can drop by and talk to nurses from Saint Francis Hospice's Specialist Community and Crisis Support Service and the Hospice at Home team. This will then become a regular monthly drop-in allowing people from the Brentwood area an easy way to talk to clinical staff from the hospice.
Peter Stremes from Saint Francis Hospice said: "At Saint Francis Hospice we want to provide the best care for people and their families who are affected by a life-limiting illness when they need it, and to train healthcare professionals in the delivery of quality care. By getting involved in Dying Matters Awareness Week we hope to raise awareness about our services and get people talking about dying and bereavement. We also want to make it easier for local people to find out about the range of our hospice's services in the community by holding a series of drop-in sessions at our furniture shop in Brentwood High Street starting with one on Friday May 22nd from 11am to 3pm and everyone is welcome."
To learn more about dying matters visit www.dyingmatters.org. To learn more about Saint Francis Hospice please visit www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 753319.