North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is inviting the public to join them on a journey through their mortuary and bereavement services. They are encouraging the communities of Stockton and Hartlepool to open up and talk about death, and show you they will care for you along every step of the way.
The tours will run from 5-6pm from Monday 14 May until Friday 20 May. There are 16 places per tour, so make sure you sign up today to guarantee your place.
Dying Matters Week runs 14-20 May this year and the trust wants to encourage people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans, with friends, family and loved ones.
This involves a fundamental change in society in which dying, death and bereavement will be seen and accepted as the natural part of everybody’s life cycle. Changes in the way society views dying and death have impacted on the experience of people who are dying and bereaved. Our lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish.
Michelle Lancaster, Mortuary and Bereavement Services Manager at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “My team and those who support us are dedicated to delivering a high level of care to every single patient that we see. Families and loved ones often don’t get the chance to see this part of the patient journey and we want to open up our doors to show people that here in the hospital, they are always cared for, every step of the way. Dying Matters is a fantastic initiative and this is a great opportunity to get the conversation started. So come along and ask away!”