An Extra Pair of Hands: Juggling care, guilt and grief

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Date:
9 September 2021
Event Region:
London
Contact Name: Imogen Thomas, Campaign Manager
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Virtual event
Thursday 9 September
3 - 4.15 pm BST
 
This event has now taken place. If you would like to watch the recording, you can do so on YouTube. 
 
As our population ages, more and more of us find ourselves caring for parents and loved ones - some 8.8 million people in the UK. 
 
Hospice UK’s Dying Matters campaign has also found that in recent years more and more people have been dying at home. Well beyond the pandemic, research suggests that the number of deaths in homes will increase by almost 90% in England and Wales by 2040. 
 
In ‘An Extra Pair of Hands’, Kate Mosse tells her personal story of finding herself as a carer in middle age: first, helping her mother look after her beloved father through Parkinson's, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as 'an extra pair of hands' for her 90-year-old mother-in-law.
 
As more and more people die at home in the coming years, there are more people who will find themselves in the same situation as Kate. We’re currently not delivering enough end of life care in people’s homes to cope with this shift. By 2030, one in five of the population in England and Wales will be aged 65 years or older. That’s roughly the equivalent of the population of London. Will they be in a good place to die? 
 
This conversation between Kate Mosse and Hospice UK CEO Tracey Bleakley explores our reluctance to talk about dying, death and bereavement, and themes that are touched upon in ‘An Extra Pair of Hands’ - the gentle heroism of our carers, small everyday acts of tenderness, and finding joy in times of crisis. 
 

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