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|10 May 2012|
Saying the unsayable lets talk about death
The entire Norwich City Football team have signed a pennant in support of their campaign, Small Actions: Big Difference.
People tend to shy away from talking about death but isnt it time we got rid of this taboo? says specialist palliative care nurse Emma Harris, who is also a facilitator for end-of-life care for the East of England. Most of us consider it important to prepare for a birth but very few plan for end-of-life care, even though death is just as inevitable. Why is this? We all deserve to die well and we only get one chance to get end-of-life care right.
Members of the public are being urged to take small actions that will make a big difference, such as completing an Advance Care Plan to explore their thoughts and wishes around issues such as resuscitation and where they would like to die when the time comes, eg hospital versus home.
Other actions include making a will, deciding on a funeral plan and sharing your wishes with your nearest and dearest.
Small actions for other people could also make a difference, such as visiting someone who has recently been bereaved or offering practical help to carers looking after dying patients
It's important for all of us to make our wishes known before its too late, says Emma. "We also want to educate all health professionals so they feel confident about looking after patients and their families at this difficult time.