Blackpool hospice hosts key Awareness Week event

23 May 2011
<p>A three-day Awareness Week event at Trinity Hospice, Blackpool, culminated on Friday with a conference featuring a number of key speakers on end of life care.</p>

The event, at Trinity Hospice, Blackpool, was opened by footballing legend and Trinity Hospice President Jimmy Armfield.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care, the umbrella body for Dying Matters, was one of a number of high profile speakers in end of life care who discussed the medical, legal and practical issues around our final moments. Others came from the primary care and hospital trusts covering Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, as well as the Lancashire and Cumbria Cancer Network (End of Life Group).

It was the third and final Dying Matters event the hospice, based in Bispham, held for Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, expressed his support for the event.

"Death is a natural part of life. However, while we are comfortable talking about the most personal matters, we do not like to talk about dying. It is essential we do talk about issues around death, dying and bereavement," he said.

"Everyone, from members of the public to health and social care professionals, need to feel comfortable in talking about these matters. Only through this can we ensure we and our families receive the care we want at the end of life.” 

Also speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Dr Sarah Wenham, community consultant in palliative care at Trinity Hospice, commented:

"Death is the natural end of every chronic disease, but it remains the last taboo of our society.

"Everyone deserves to die well, but a good death can only be achieved if others know what we would want.

"Talking about death doesn’t make it happen more quickly, but talking
does make our wishes known, so that when it does happen we will be
more likely to get the care we want, where we want it.

"Dying Matters Awareness Week is so important, as it helps people talk
more openly. It might not be easy, but talking about these things can actually
bring a sense of relief and reassurance for all involved."

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