Weston Hospicecare’s Chief Executive statement:
“Weston Hospicecare hopes this year’s Dying Matters Awareness week will provide a fresh opportunity for all of UK society to venture into conversations with friends and loved ones around death and dying which perhaps we tend to shy away from in our day-to-day busy lives.
“All of us will be affected by death at some point in our life, both directly and indirectly, and the more we are able to dissolve the taboos around this topic the more healthy our society will be.
“Today (11 May) we are considering the trauma associated with sudden or unexpected death and how painful this can be for family and friends who never had a chance to say goodbye, or put affairs in order the way the deceased person may have wished because those conversations simply never happened.
“The relevance to the Covid-19 challenge we are all now facing couldn’t be more stark, with many families all over the country and world experiencing unexpected grief and anguish at the loss of loved ones before their time.
“Weston Hospicecare’s bereavement counselling services provided by our Family Support Team to family members both before and after the death of a loved one, seek to facilitate these conversations and to prepare us for the pain of bereavement and loss.”