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P-212  Everything in place: a good death is a well-planned death
  1. Louise Johnson
  1. St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, UK

Abstract

Increasingly individuals are preferring to die at home, eliciting an increased need for good communication, forward planning is more crucial than ever. We need to be better equipped for difficult conversations and more confident in sharing our wishes with others.

The ‘Everything in Place’ project raises the profile of these taboo subjects, reducing barriers by encouraging conversations and advocates the need to take responsibility for informed decision making. Six sessions included:

  • The last taboo

  • Wills

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Advance decisions for health and care

  • Funeral planning/poverty

  • A strong soul/organ donation.

The project is delivered through local community centres, housing organisations, workplaces and communities of interest. Initially presentations were made to gauge interest, dispel myths, and demonstrate the mass of practical evidence surrounding what constitutes a good death. Once venues were established the project was promoted through posters, leaflets, newspaper and radio, a work book was designed to help with decision making and record thoughts and plans.

Six sessions were delivered in five venues (monthly), five people attended during week one and overall we delivered the equivalent of 82 individual sessions, results below:

Attendance rates might suggest the uncomfortable nature of death, however results would confirm that in the main discussions were beneficial. We believe the project is making an impact and continue our work to make this information accessible.

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