Seven health and social care organisations from across Lincolnshire, who are members of the Lincs and Borders End of Life Care Providers Group, have joined forces to encourage people to talk about more openly about what they can do to plan ahead for the end of life.
The organisations have been working together to plan a week of activity during national Dying Matters Week, running from 8 to 14 May. Events planned include a Death Café, coffee morning and several stalls across the county encouraging open and honest conversations about dying, death and bereavement.
Jane Bake, Chair of Lincs and Borders End of Life Care Providers Group and Director of Innovation at St Barnabas Hospice explained more about the importance of health and social care organisations working together:
“I am delighted that the group is working together to encourage people across Lincolnshire to have these important conversations. For families knowing what a person wants, as they enter the last few days or weeks of their life and for their funeral, is a gift.
“Whilst it can be difficult to have these conversations it is even more difficult not to know what is important to someone you love. I would encourage as many people as possible to attend an event and have these important conversations.”
The organisations involved include:
• Age UK Lincoln and Kesteven
• Butterfly Hospice
• Carers First
• Lincolnshire Community Health Services
• Lincolnshire East NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
• St Barnabas Hospice
• United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Dying Matters Week is now in its eighth year and raises awareness of the importance of talking about, and planning for dying, with family members and loved ones.
View the county wide guide here to find an event in your area.