On Saturday 19th May Alice House Hospice is taking part in an open Dying Matters event at Blue House Woodlands Natural Burial Site from 11am – 3pm. Entry to the event is free.
In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.
Members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors; a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.
A public lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available and our ability to die where or how we would wish. Dying Matters helps people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
We need a fundamental change in society in which dying, death and bereavement will be seen and accepted as the natural part of everybody’s life cycle. Dying Matters encourages people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans with friends and family.
Rebecca Jobson, Senior Fundraising Manager said, “This is a great event for the public to come and find out more about the choices they can make and about choices they might not have known were available to them. There will be many different businesses, charities and services there to talk to and find out more about the choices available to each and every one of us. There will be specialist talks from the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource, Organ Donation plus a tours of the grounds from owner John Thomson.”
Other organisations attending are;
- Celestial Rise (dispatch ashes into space)
- Humanist Celebrants North East
- Victoria House Funeral Directors
- Westview Advice & Resource Centre
- Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors
- Jo & Mya Education Project (a training programme for education staff surrounding child grief and loss)
- Saint and Forster Funeral Directors
- Alice House Counselling & Support Services
- Treasured Memories online memorials
- Blackford’s Nursery (florist)
- Gladys’s Vintage Tea Rooms for purchasable refreshments with vintage caravan and marquee
If you would like any further information please contact Rebecca Jobson on 01429 855555 or click the link below.
The Dying Matters event will be at Blue House Farm which is a 180 acre farm, situated on the Elwick – Trimdon road 10 minutes out of Hartlepool, 15 minutes from Middlesbrough and 20 minutes from Sunderland.