Eastbourne residents encouraged to talk about ‘end of life’ plans

Sarah Callaghan and Joanne Thorpe SUS-160524-091441001
Sarah Callaghan and Joanne Thorpe SUS-160524-091441001

Health chiefs are encouraging Eastbourne residents to have ‘the big conversation’ and talk about their end of life plans.

End of life care facilitators from East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust held an event at the Eastbourne District General to encourage people to make plans – and post a wish for something they would like to do on their Before I Die board.

Sarah Callaghan, end of life care facilitator, said, “It was a great opportunity to talk to people and overcome some of the taboos surrounding death and dying.

“t also gave us an opportunity to identify what is important to our service users and how we can ensure we provide individualised person centred end of life care.

“Talking about dying won’t make it happen, any more than talking about sex will make you pregnant! None of us likes to think about getting ill and dying, but not talking about it won’t make it go away.

“Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones, but just 18% of British adults say they have asked a family member about their end of life wishes.

“Many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues but it is important people are encouraged to talk and document their preferred choices.

“If we know peoples’ preferences then we can do our best to accommodate these wishes in an individualised way when we plan and provide care.”

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