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Join hands to start the ‘Big Conversation’

Dying Matters Awareness Week 9-13 May 2016

Pilgrims Hospices is joining people across the country in hospices, hospitals, town halls, arts venues and shopping centres to hold ‘The Big Conversation’ as part of a national awareness week.

Join The Big Conversation on our Facebook and Twitter feeds with the hashtag #BigConversationKent or visit our website news for updates.

We want to empower people to make those first steps.

Community events will run across Kent between 9-13 May to support people talking more about living and dying well. You can also join in online on Facebook, Twitter and the Pilgrims website and using the hashtag #BigConversationKent.

Annie Hogben, Senior Nurse Manager for Pilgrims, explains: “We are so grateful to our community for all the generous support they show us. Now we are joining hands with GPs, hospitals, community nurses and care homes to raise awareness of how local people with life-limiting illness and their families can access services to help them live every moment well and also how to achieve end of life wishes. It’s not always easy to talk about our wishes and that can increase feelings of isolation and distress so we want to empower people to make those first steps – whatever the conversation is they want to have.”

As well as the special events listed below, look out in your local press and on our website for stories from local people on how they have approached having ‘The Big Conversation’ and accessed the support and services they need. You’ll also hear from some of our Pilgrims nurses and our community partners including GPs talking about the kind of work they are doing to help people live every moment and achieve their wishes. 

If you have a story to share, you can post to our Facebook page or email us here. 

Community events in east Kent

• Wednesday 11 May, Film Night, Ann Robertson Centre, Canterbury

Pilgrims Hospices is holding a free film night from 6.30pm in the ARC, screening The Lady in the Van, with a post-film discussion facilitated by Declan Cawley.

• Thursday 12 May, The Big Conversation, Canterbury Academy

Pilgrims Hospice is hosting an event for GPs and senior clinicians from the Trust at the Canterbury Academy. Delegates will look at how best to initiate those difficult conversations about death and dying.

To find out more contact us here. 



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