We are proud to be working with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals to deliver Our Compassionate Fylde Coast Communities – a series of workshops which will empower community leaders across the Fylde coast to hold important conversations about death and dying with confidence.

These workshops will provide you with the correct skills, knowledge and confidence to guide important conversations about planning for death, dealing with death and coping through bereavement.

Ultimately, they will help our community to be as supported as possible when it comes to planning for the final days, and beyond.

Each standalone three-hour session will support people without clinical qualifications to help look after their loved ones, be they friends or family, at home.

The session will answer many of the questions and concerns patients and families frequently ask, including:

  • Planning for the future
  • How to care and accompany someone with a life shortening condition
  • Saying goodbye
  • Recognising the signs of dying
  • Negotiating the ‘new normal’ after someone has died.

Our programme is led by someone who has undergone specific training to discuss these topics. The programme is delivered in a face-to-face environment.

The way we talk about dying matters

As we mark Dying Matters Awareness Week (May 6-12), we are supporting the national campaign to encourage conversations around death, dying and grief.

The national campaign aims to open up conversations around death and dying. This year’s theme focuses on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying with healthcare professionals.

Across the Fylde coast, we’re organising special sessions to support communities to be confident in holding such important conversations throughout the week.

Take the Talking Matters Quiz

For Dying Matters Awareness Week 2024, Hospice UK asked 1,000 recently bereaved people in the UK a set of questions to explore how they felt about language and communication at the end of their loved one's life.

By taking this quiz, you'll be able to see how your own perceptions of language usage about death and dying compare to theirs. And when you finish, you'll get some useful tips and advice on how to have difficult conversations from Dying Matters Awareness Week expert, Dr Lucy Pain, of North London Hospice.

Take the Quiz