Hospice support national Dying Matters campaign

Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham is asking for families to come together within their homes and light a candle in memory of a loved one at 8pm this Sunday evening (May 17).

The Royton-based hospice will be partaking in a national campaign for 'Dying Matters Week' - a campaign which focuses on the importance of talking about death.  

Throughout the week, the hospice's social media will be dedicated to opening up conversations about dying, bereavement and loss, and will help our community by bringing to the forefront a range of topics including bereavement support and the importance of preparing a will.

Due to the current government guidelines around social distancing, the hospice will not be able to conduct its annual Thanksgiving or Remembrance services and events which were due to take place on Sunday (May 17).

However, to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, Dr Kershaw's is asking for members of the community to join in an event of remembrance, virtually, from their own homes.

At 8pm on Sunday, everyone can join with Dr Kershaw's in lighting a candle, in memory of someone they love.

And to continue the celebration of their loved ones memories, they are asked to share a picture of their candle via social media using the #ILightThisCandleFor, including their loved ones name and any special memories they would like to share… to help spark conversations of remembrance within households virtually, across the borough and virtually through the power of social media.

The hospice is also encouraging people who do not use social media to join in this event, by reaching out to their friends or family via the phone to share their memories of their loved ones.

Adele Doherty, Clinical Matron at Dr Kershaw's Hospice, said: "At Dr Kershaw’s Hospice ‘Dying Matters Week’ is extremely important time, helping us to highlight the importance of Hospice care, and allowing us all to remember the high value that we place on dignity, respect, and the wishes of the people we love who are ill.

"Within the hospice, environment discussions around end-of-life care are so very important, as well as conversations on how to support bereaved families.

"We need to break down the taboo, to not be afraid to talk about death, we urge more families to start conversations and share their wishes with their loved ones." 

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