I was pleased to open the ‘Let’s Talk About Dying’ event at Tottenham Town Hall this morning. As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, the event brought older people and medical professionals together to remove the stigma associated with conversations about death and dying while offering practical and emotional support to people facing choices regarding their end of life care. Some of the great sessions today ranged from talking about access to local palliative care services to practical advice and support for will-writing, digital legacies and funeral arrangements.
In my opening speech I talked about the importance of improving end of life care in London’s most disadvantaged boroughs, and how every person deserves to be treated with dignity when discussing how they want to die. I was also able to reflect personally on my positive experiences with end of life services and hospice care when my mother passed away several years ago.
My sincere thanks go to Health Watch Haringey and Haringey Older People’s Forum for organising such a wonderful event.