havens hospices ask southend “what’s on your bucket list?” for dying matters week at the victoria shopping centre


16 May 2017

Havens Hospices were invited by The Victoria Shopping Centre on Thursday 11th May to raise awareness of Dying Matters week. Members of the Havens Hospices’ Care and Family Support teams joined S. Stibbards and Sons to speak to shoppers about a subject that many people avoid talking about, but shouldn’t – dying. 

Karen Brodrick, Deputy Ward Sister at Fair Havens Hospice

“Dying and death is a subject many of us find uncomfortable discussing, especially with family members. However, it is incredibly important to talk about it, not only because it is a natural part of life, but also it is essential that you have made sure you are happy with what is going to happen when you’re no longer here. So for example if you have pets, you may need to speak to your family members about what is going to happen to them should you pass away.

“It is also important to talk about dying as it can act as a catalyst for positive change whilst you are living. This is why we decided to ask members of the public what’s on their bucket lists and also to really think about and discuss with loved ones what dying and living means to them. By asking these questions and encouraging these conversations we are hoping to help more people start ‘Making every day count’”

The stand was well attended throughout the day and a number of shoppers stopped to speak to Havens Hospice staff about what dying means to them and also give their bucket list suggestions, these ranged from learning to dance the Argentine Tango to visiting the Taj Mahal. 

Following Dying Matters week it will be our Wills Month throughout June 2017; Solicitors are giving their time so that you can write or update your Will in return for a reduced cost, donated to Havens Hospices. For more information click here.

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