A free online seminar to mark Dying Matters Week (10th to 16th May 2021) is being run by Cornwall Hospice Care and Community Connect next month. ‘What Matters To YOU At The End’ will run over two afternoons and is open to health professionals and the public.

The idea is to demystify some of the medical jargon around end of life as Lollie Brewer, Community Engagement Nurse, explains; “The one fact of life we all have to accept is that we’re going to die and yet we find it very hard to talk about death and about planning for the end of life. We need to encourage everyone to have open and honest conversations with family, friends, carers and healthcare providers. Dying Matters Week gives us the perfect moment to start that conversation. We want to break through the myths around death and explain what’s available to help people plan and prepare. There’s lots of documents you can use for instance, and organisations that can help and support you. We’ve asked our speakers to talk in layman’s terms so everyone can understand and delegates will be able to ask questions throughout the live sessions.”

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Pictured above: the team organising the online seminar.

There’ll be a wide range of speakers, including members of the Cornwall Hospice Care medical team and the charity’s therapists, colleagues from the Mental Capacity and Welfare Team, a Wills and Probate Solicitor, the Digital Legacy Association and the founder of the Good Grief Festival.  “Our aim as Cornwall Hospice Care’s Community Engagement Team is to be at the forefront of conversations about death and to work with others who’re encouraging people to prepare for end of life,” says Lollie. “As well as hosting these seminars, we’re also playing active roles within discussion groups who’re working towards social movement and policy changes.”

Death can't be a taboo subject

Gina Starnes is Director of Clinical Services at Cornwall Hospice Care; “This is such an important subject and as key providers of end-of-life care in Cornwall we know more than most the importance of making preparations. This is an ideal opportunity to listen in and if you want, to join the conversation and start putting plans in place no matter what age you are. We have to get beyond death being a taboo subject and this seminar shows our determination to help open up conversations within the wider community.”

You can read the full details of the seminar HERE 

The Community Services team can also be reached on 01726 829874 or via email communityservices@cornwallhospice.co.uk

The Dying Matters Week seminar is open to everyone. You don’t have to work in the healthcare profession to join in and ask questions.