Dying Matters … what can you do?

How confident would you feel talking about death or sharing your end of life wishes with your loved ones?

This is a question Jersey Hospice Care hopes to help you answer with a series of activities to mark Dying Matters Week, a national campaign that runs from 14 to 20 May.

Gail Caddell, Director of Palliative Care Services at Jersey Hospice Care, said, ‘Many people still think it’s taboo to talk about death and dying or don’t know how best to support someone who is bereaved. The reality is putting off difficult conversations can cause problems and even greater anxiety. Family members may be left to make important decisions without knowing their loved ones’ wishes and those bereaved may feel isolated.

‘We want to people to have the proper tools and support to feel able to talk about death and bereavement. We know from previous years that having our specialist staff out and about for Dying Matters Week, able to talk safely and openly, helps people to feel empowered and encourages them to start these important conversations.’

During the week, our staff will be at various locations available to chat to the public, sharing five simple steps they can take to plan for tomorrow and live for today Write your will | Record your funeral wishes | Plan your future care and support | Consider registering as an organ donor | Tell your loved ones your wishes. This is not just for those with a life limiting condition; it is also important if you’re fit and healthy.

For a light-hearted way to start the conversation, there will be opportunities to share what’s on your bucket list, with our ‘Before I die, I want to…’ boards and buckets, as well as having a go at our Dead or Alive quiz.

Where to find our staff

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : our staff will be in Channel Islands Co-op, Grande Marche St Helier (11.00 – 14.00)

Wednesday : our counsellors will be in the YES project, The Link, Eagle House, La Colomberie, between 12.00 and 17.00, happy to chat to young people about death, dying and bereavement and inviting them to share their bucket list ideas (with freebies!)

Thursday : pop along to our Live & Learn community drop in day to find out how we help anyone living with, supporting, or caring for someone with a life limiting illness. This is held weekly on a Thursday in our King Centre, Mont Cochon, between 10.00 and 15.00.

Friday : our staff will be in Liberty Bus Station (11.00 – 14.00)