This week, we have been celebrating Dying Matters Awareness Week!


Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people around the UK to talk about death and dying in a way that is comfortable to them. This year’s theme was ‘The way we talk about Dying Matters’, focusing on the language we use and the conversations we have about death and dying, specifically between healthcare professionals and patients, their carers and their families.


This week, we hosted and attended a number of events to encourage the community to start conversations about death and dying.


On Saturday 4th May, our Community Engagement Manager, Olivia Bowskill, and Communications Assistant, Laura Dadson, attended the Dead Good Death Festival at the London Road Cemetery in Coventry.

The Myton Hospices - Dead Good Death Festival

This festival encourages attendees to explore what a good death means to them through a variety of channels, such as talks, stalls and workshops. Olivia delivered a presentation on the services we provide here at Myton and how we may be able to help people, now or in the future.


The pair also had an informational stall, speaking to the public and answering any questions regarding hospice and palliative care. It was a great day in the sunshine and we had some very positive conversations.

Thank you to everyone who attended!


To continue our activities, we hosted a Talk & Tour at our Rugby Myton Support Hub on Tuesday 7th May, open to the public and health care professionals. Kate Blackford, our Equity & Inclusion Officer and Laura Dadson delivered a presentation highlighting our services and showcasing our Rugby Myton Support Hub.


They were joined by some of our Complementary Therapists and Wellbeing Nurses, alongside 15 attendees ranging from members of the public, to social prescribers.

The Myton Hospices - Talk and Tour
The Myton Hospices - Talk and Tour

It was great to see so many people there and we hope this session provided a deeper insight into the work we do at Myton and how we can help.


We also celebrated Advance Care Planning (ACP) Day on Wednesday 8th May. We wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of planning for the future.


We spotlighted one of our amazing volunteers, Surjit, who, as a retired GP, offers ACP services to our patients at Warwick Myton Hospice Inpatient Unit.


Find out more about Surjit and her role HERE!


We also had information boards across all our hospices, created by our doctors and nurses, to provide valuable information about resources and support available to patients and their families.


To end the week, Olivia had a stall at Coughton Court, National Trust property on Friday 10th May. Joining in with their Dying Matters Awareness Week activities, Olivia had a presence to answer any questions from visitors and provided information about our services.

The Myton Hospices - Coughton Court
The Myton Hospices - Coughton Court

Thank you to everyone who had a chat with Olivia!


We also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight research we recently conducted on terminology used – such as ‘life-limiting’ and ‘terminal’ illnesses.


Find out the results of this research and what we have done consequently HERE!


We are proud to be supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week to encourage people across Coventry and Warwickshire to get together to have end-of-life conversations.


Because the way we talk about Dying Matters.

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