Media Release

Dying Matters at The QEH

For many people death can be a taboo subject but an event at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is hoping to break down those barriers.

Visitors, patients and Hospital staff will be encouraged to share items from their ‘Bucket Lists’ at the Dying Matters event on Wednesday, May 10.

Dying Matters Week, which this year runs from May 8 to 14, aims to promote the importance of speaking frankly with loved ones about death and bereavement. The theme of this year’s event is “What can you do?” and aims to encourage more people to active in planning and making arrangements.

End of Life Care Facilitator Heike Schaefer is encouraging people to come along and support the event in the Hospital foyer, which runs from 9am-3pm.

She said: “Discussing death is something that many of us will shy away from, no matter how healthy we are, but this is something which should really change. Death is the one thing that we can all be sure will happen so it is vital that you make sure that it is a ‘good death’.

“Speaking openly and frankly with your loved ones about what your final wishes would be is important to ensure they are confident in the decisions they make later.

“I would really like to encourage people to have these conversations and hope they will support the event on May 10.”

Those attending will be asked to share things they’d like to do before they die and add it to a collaborative display plus a representative from Macmillan Cancer Support and the Norfolk Hospice will also be present.

The event will also be looking at grieving and bereavement. The Hospital runs a bereavement support group on the second Wednesday of the month in the Sacred Space.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the national Awareness Week for Dying Matters, visit




Pictured are: Fasttrack Sister Bryony Jeffries and Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Sharon Stevens

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