THROUGHOUT Dying Matters Week St. Luke’s Hospice will be highlighting the importance of listening to loved ones and encouraging open conversations about end of life wishes, death, grief, wills and funerals.
The theme of this year’s Dying Matters week is: Dying to be Heard.
In usual circumstances, the Information Resource Service team from the Hospice would be in locations throughout Basildon and Thurrock, speaking directly with members of the community and sharing presentations with employers.
However this year, with the current social distancing guidelines, St Luke’s Hospice will be focusing their activities online and on their social media channels, which include Facebook (@stlukeshospicebasildonthurrock) and Twitter (@StLukesHospiceB).
In response to the ongoing global Coronavirus crisis, and as a result of many people very sadly dying before their time, Dying Matters have also launched #BeforeTheirTime.
The campaign allows people to share their bereavement journey throughout this difficult time over social media.
St. Luke’s Hospice have also responded to the pandemic by establishing a Bereavement Support Line for People Affected by COVID-19 especially for the communities of Basildon and Thurrock. The free line provides a listening ear and specialist bereavement support – open Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 4.30pm, Freephone 0333 400 2358.
Sarah Linzey, Head of Information and Supportive Care Service said: “Speaking with loved ones about our funeral wishes, Wills and ultimately where we would hope to be cared for at the end of our lives can be, understandably, a challenging topic for many people.
During Dying Matters Week we will be sharing ways to help open those discussions with friends and family and encouraging people to be a good listener to anyone who wants to make their wishes known. For those who are currently experiencing bereavement affected by Covid19, please contact a member of our specialist bereavement team who are here to support you”.
To find out more about the services or how you can help support the charity, visit the St. Luke’s Hospice website at www.stlukeshospice.com.