Addressing the Great Taboo

Addressing the great taboo of talking about death, dying and bereavement

Have you ever felt slightly awkward talking to someone who is approaching the end of their life?  Have you ever changed the subject when they started to talk about dying?

It is widely accepted that there is cultural resistance to acknowledge death and dying as parts of life and a reluctance to engage in associated discussions.

In response to this, a new programme was created by George Beuken, St Andrew’s Hospice to encourage greater openness about our own mortality and the effect that poor communication can have on care planning and quality of life.

The programme is designed as a one-hour structured conversation about death, dying and bereavement and is open to members of staff from any area or background.

The programme can be delivered for groups of 12 upwards, either in St Andrew’s Hospice or in a venue of your choice.

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