When homeless people die their death is often perceived as untimely and undignified by those supporting them. We can’t always say that we’re surprised that they died but we might wish we’d been able to talk more openly about their wishes for the end of life.
Together with St Mungo’s Palliative Care Project, we have produced two leaflets to support and open up conversations about being homeless at the end of life.
My life, my choices is aimed at homeless people and outlines the choices available to them at the end of their life. Talking about end of life choices with people who are homeless aims to support professionals.
The leaflets are based on conversations with homeless people and hostel staff.