Thursday January 23 2020

Seminar aimed at taking taboo out of end of life conversations

Seminar aimed at taking taboo out of end of life conversations

A seminar focused on the importance of conversation and planning in end of life care is being held for palliative and end of life care workers at a local Bristol cemetery.  

Organised by Bristol Memorial Woodlands in partnership with training provider Gentle Dusk, the workshop aims to help participants feel confident initiating conversations with people at the end of their lives and supporting them to discuss and record their care wishes. 

Open to care home staff, GPs, district nurses and other local professionals working in end of life care, the event will take place on Tuesday 4 February. 

The workshop is the first in a series of lectures, seminars and training sessions being held at the Alveston woodlands and will be free of charge. 

Christopher Baker, founder of Bristol Memorial Woodlands, said: “Death is still such a taboo subject and we really want to open up more conversations around dying, which is the aim with our series of seminars in 2020.  

“It’s a topic which affects us all, so as uncomfortable as it may be, these conversations are incredibly important. We’re hoping to get some really interesting speakers on board and meet lots of local professionals.” 

The training is being delivered by Mireille Hayden, founding partner of Gentle Dusk which provides training and events around death, dying and bereavement.   

Mireille is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Senior Manager with 20 years of experience in the Health Service. Mireille also often provides expert input on death in the media including appearances on BBC News Worldwide and in New Scientist Magazine.   

With Gentle Dusk she aims to empower professionals and communities on topics around death combining knowledge and techniques from psychology, experience of healthcare services and patient and family support in end of life care. 

Mireille said: “Death, dying and planning for the end of life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone working within health and social care. With the right knowledge and skills, it can become one of the most rewarding. 

“Around 70% of people would prefer to die at home. In England, 50% die in hospital. Only 7% of us have recorded our wishes and preferences for the care we would like at the end of our lives. Planning ahead can help people receive this care; it gives them a greater sense of control and can help make things easier for those that care for them.” 

Bristol Memorial Woodlands offers 100 acres of burial woodland and provides families with a setting to visit and remember loved ones for years to come  

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 4 February from 2-5pm at Bristol Memorial Woodlands. Places are free for local professionals working in End of Life Care but limited to 20 for this workshop. 

To book email your name, title and organisation as well as the title and date of the course you want to be booked on to admin@memorialwoodlands.com or telephone 01454 414 999. 

For more information visit www.memorialwoodlands.com 

"Death is still such a taboo subject and we really want to open up more conversations around dying, which is the aim with our series of seminars in 2020"
Christopher Baker

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