The Heart of Living and Dying

20th February 2020

Talking about death and dying can be very difficult and many of us avoid doing so whether we are ill or in full health.

That is why the Southern Health and Social Care Trust is hosting four ‘Heart of Living and Dying’ conversations to try and address this taboo area and encourage everyone to start to think and talk about what matters to them in their living and dying.

Deirdre McKenna, a Social Worker in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust who developed this initiative, said: “Recognising that we are all mortal, this gentle, facilitated two hour group session allows us to reflect on what is important to us; on our wishes and hopes for how we live our lives now and what matters to us when we think about our final years and our dying.  Research has shown that having these conversations enhances people’s quality of life and peace of mind”.

Anyone over the age of 18 years who would like to take part this gentle and supported two hour session is most welcome to attend at any of the following locations:

  • Tuesday 3rd March at Laurencetown Community Centre between 2 – 4pm
  • Thursday 5th March at Quinns Corner, Dungannon between 10am – noon
  • Thursday 12th March at Mourne Country Hotel Newry between 10am – noon
  • Tuesday 24 March at Lislea Community Centre between 1pm – 3pm

Participants are invited to speak from their own personal experience irrespective of their professional background.

For further information or to secure a place please contact: Deirdre.McKenna@southerntrust.hscni.net or phone 028 3756 7380