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News   •   May 10, 2021 13:15 BST

Today marks the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week. It is a national initiative which aims to raise the profile of the support structures that exist for those who are dying, and for the loved ones they leave behind. It also strives to encourage families to come together, and hold open, honest conversations around the future. It is also an opportunity to take active steps to prepare for the end of your own life - or that of a loved one. 

Throughout the week we will share stories how we support patients to be in a good place when they die - physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. As the only local hospice to care for life-limited patients of all ages – and amidst the background of an ageing population – there is an ever-increasing demand for our services.  We rely on the generosity of the community to continue to provide our care and wellbeing services, both from our  Northfleet based inpatient and outpatient wards, as well as from our patients’ homes.

By creating a safe, supportive space for people to open up honest conversations around dying – and, crucially, why it matters – we are empowering life-limited patients die with peace and dignity: in the place of their own choosing, and with their loved ones by their side. One size does not fit all, everyone has their own thoughts around death and our role is to help our patients achieve their goals. #InAGoodPlace  #DMAW21.

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