Hospice staff hop on the bus for Dying Matters Week

St John’s Hospice staff pictured with the Health Bus.

Our Hospice Team are set to go on the road on Thursday 9 May in a bid to break down barriers surrounding discussions about death, as part of Dying Matters Week (6 to 12 May).

Representatives from St John’s Hospice will take the Health Bus to Clock Corner in Doncaster City Centre from 10am to 3pm, as part of the Hospice UK Dying Matters campaign which is working to create an open culture around dying and grief and break the taboo that stops us from talking about it.

Hospice Service Manager Sam Edwards said: Talking about death, dying and bereavement can feel awkward or uncomfortable and can be hard to talk about with friends and family.

“We are committed to helping break the stigma around talking about death and want to normalise conversations around dying, so we’re taking the Health Bus into Doncaster to encourage local people to start the conversation.

She added: “Our expert team will be on hand to provide lots of helpful advice and information, and we’ll be inviting people to think what might be on their bucket list, consider their favourite funeral songs, or how they’d like to be remembered.”

The St John’s Hospice Team will also be joined by Switalskis Solicitors who will be able to offer advice on power of attorney and making a Will – and who are waiving their Will writing fee for anyone who wishes to donate to St John’s Hospice charity during their ‘Make a Will Month’ in May to correspond with Dying Matters Week.