“Being there for someone at the end of life”
We all find conversations about death and dying difficult – and the prospect of visiting someone nearing the end of their life daunting. Some of us may find ourselves caring for someone through a terminal illness.
As part of ‘Dying Matters* Awareness Week 2015’ BGBC hosted a training session to help people feel more confident about offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to someone nearing the end of their life and/or their families.
The evening took the form of a facilitated discussion with panelists who have professional experience in palliative care. The speakers were:
- Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead, Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice
- Louise Chatham, Carer Support Coordinator, Hospice in the Weald
- Dr Anjali Melethil, GP, Amherst Medical Practice
- Jonathan Hall, Acting Senior Chaplain at Burrswood Christian Hospital, Kent
To listen to a recording of the event, please click here.
For a list of Resources to help support people at the End of Life, please click here.
For a list of Resources to help support people suffering bereavement, please click here.
To download a copy of the flier, please click here.
Those who attended the event found it informative, insightful and practical. Most people came away from the discussions feeling that they would now be more comfortable engaging in conversation with those nearing the end of their life. Feedback from attendees included:
“It was all very helpful, well organised, informative and giving time for questions. I thought it was a very good format.”
“All very encouraging and helpful. Thank you. Glad I came – made me think.”
“Very practical discussions. Thank you very much.”
“I will take away the thought that people in the end of life situations may want to talk about their situation.”
“It is about being kind – listening to their story and not imposing our own agenda.”
“It’s about trying to help those at the end of life to die beautifully.”
*Dying Matters – www.dyingmatters.org – is a coalition led by the National Council for Palliative Care seeking to positively change attitudes and behaviour around talking about and planning for death.