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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

One thing in life is certain… we will all die one day. Talking about it, won’t make it happen!
 
People reaching the end of life should be enabled to die in comfort, with dignity and in the surroundings of their choice. Haringey is committed to caring for these people, and the people important to them, with compassion and in a manner which is respectful of their expressed wishes.
 

The new Haringey Palliative Care Service will be officially launched by David Lammy MP at a special event, ‘Let’s Talk About… Dying’, which will be held at Tottenham Town Hall N15 on Friday 13th May 2016. The event will run from 10.30am to 3pm.
 
This is a FREE drop-in event for people in Haringey, with talks, stalls and information from the Haringey Palliative Care Team, Alzheimer’s Society, local Hospices, local Funeral Directors, Compassion in Dying, and Dementia Services. Local solicitors will be on hand with legal advice, and there will be free health checks and refreshments throughout the day. Local people will also have the opportunity to plan their ‘Digital Legacy’, discuss the creation of a memory box for their family and friends, and discover the many options for funerals.
 
The new Haringey Palliative Care Team is an innovatively integrated community service provided jointly by: North Middlesex Hospital, North London Hospice, St Joseph’s Hospice, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and Whittington Health. Professionals work closely together to ensure that patient care is consistent, be it in hospital, at home or in a nursing home or hospice, and that information about what is important to each patient gets shared between those different settings.

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What an excellent initiative. Thanks for letting us know about it Eamonn.

I presume that was you Eamonn, that I heard talking about this on Radio 4 this morning. Well done!

I have experienced both situations, with my father dying in an anonomous hospital environment, but my mother dying at home amongst family. Certainly the latter experience was better for all concerned.

We are all going to die so it's an important thing to talk about, yet strangely taboo.

In my lawyer days I had an unmarried couple with a young child who bought a house and I offered them free wills (something my firm always did because it's so important). They refused and wouldn't let me talk about it further because it was tempting fate or something.

I hope the event goes well.
I was lucky enough to be able to have conversations with both of my parents about how they wanted to die and what they wanted after they had died. When they were both at the stage when they were unable to make decisions, it gave me some comfort to know that I was acting on their behalf in the way that they wanted.

My mum has an "exit strategy".  Dad's exit was a bit hastier than any of us expected so Mum realised the need to make her wishes clear.  I think she said she's also signed an EPOA to my brother (who is closer at hand) with a duty to consult me.

You're right, Eamonn:  talking about it won't make it happen any faster or slower, but choosing Friday 13th for your Drop-in Event may result in a big drop-out, drop-off, drop-down. Not, of course, that any of us have any taboos about calendar dates, hotel rooms, high-rise floors, aeroplane seat rows or even house numbers.

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