In a thought-provoking and moving show filled with surprising stories, tricky questions, and important answers, performer and celebrant, Liz Rothschild, pictured above, who runs Westmill Woodland Burial Ground to the east of Swindon, sheds light on dealing with death at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ.
Her talk is part of the Swindon Festival of Literature and takes place at 12.20pm and cost £7 (£6 concessions). Find out more at the festival website
The event follows the launch of the Dying Well Community Charter at the Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre, Steam Museum on Thursday 12 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Organisations supporting Swindon citizens with end-of-life concerns, whether personally or as carers, are launching a charter that puts people’s wishes to the forefront in the care that they will receive in their final weeks and months.
The new Dying Well Community Charter has been created following consultation in 2015 which asked people about the type of care they wanted for themselves and their loved ones at the end of their lives. The responses from that exercise have shaped the Charter and will be used as a tool to help local businesses and communities to better understand the needs of people with a life limiting illness, their family members and carers and people who are bereaved.
Prospect Hospice, NHS Swindon CCG, Great Western Hospital, SEQOL, Swindon Carers, Public Health Swindon and Healthwatch Swindon joined forces last year as part of the national Dying Matters week, and the organisations have continued to work together to publish the Charter, to ensure that the care local people receive at the end of life reflects their wishes.
The Charter is based on five main principles in the care and support of people at the end of their lives. These are:
Recognition and respect
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Gill May, Executive Nurse, Swindon CCG said: “The launch of the Charter is the culmination of a really important consultation with the people of Swindon, involving many of the leading organisations in the delivery of local end-of-life care. We believe that through its publication, and working in conjunction with local businesses and community groups, people in the town can feel assured that their wishes and their concerns will be considered at the end of their lives, as will those of their loved ones.
“While that is something everyone involved has sought to achieve in the past, the Charter sets out and formalises that commitment for the people in Swindon. We think that is something to celebrate.”
To find out more, mail Prospect Hospice