Hospice wants Spalding people to talk about ‘Dying Matters’

Emma Warner at a Dying Matters event last year. ANL-160305-152855001
Emma Warner at a Dying Matters event last year. ANL-160305-152855001
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St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is encouraging the community in south Lincolnshire to talk openly about death, dying and bereavement.

The Hospice has announced plans to host a series of activities in Boston and Spalding during Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The annual week, which runs from May 9 to 15, urges people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and make plans for the end of life.

In Spalding, there will be an ‘awareness stand’ with Butterfly Hospice Trust at the Johnson Hospital from 9am to 3pm.

Emma Warner, a specialist nurse practitioner from the local community, said: “We want to encourage everyone to start having open and honest conversations about what is important to them in life and death.

“As a hospice it is our responsibility to help facilitate these conversations and provide an environment where it is okay to explore the many facets associated with what is often a taboo subject.”

During the week St Barnabas Hospice will be encouraging people in Boston and Spalding to join their county-wide initiative to create ‘Lincolnshire’s Big Bucket List’ and share their hopes and dreams.

Emma added: “We hope the events we have planned will help to break down the barriers which are often associated with this sensitive subject.

“We are aiming to get as many people as possible to have conversations about dying, death and bereavement and hope our events will prompt them to continue these conversations when they return home.”

• Lincolnshire Co-op is calling on the community to join the big conversation and talk about dying at a series of Dying Matters coffee mornings in its funeral homes.

By holding open days at its funeral homes, Lincolnshire Co-op aims to encourage people and their families to ask the team of highly trained staff any questions and put practical plans into place for their end of life care and funeral.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s funeral homes will hold coffee mornings from 10am until noon on: Tuesday at Spalding Funeral Home, in St John’s Road; Thursday, May 12 at Holbeach Funeral Home in Church Street and Friday, May 13 at Long Sutton Funeral Home, in West Street.