Tweed support: Staff at Tweed Hospital come together for Palliative Care Week.
Tweed support: Staff at Tweed Hospital come together for Palliative Care Week. Crystal Spencer

Discussing death will help healing

THE theme of this year’s Palliative Care Week under way at the Tweed and Murwillumbah hospitals is If Only I Knew How To Talk About Death.

President of Tweed Palliative Care Service Meredith Dennis said she would like to encourage residents to seek information about dealing with death.

“This week is about encouraging people to talk about the issues surrounding death.

“This is something we all need to be able to talk about; it is a guaranteed part of life and it needs to be discussed,” Ms Dennis said.

“Talking about palliative care and about death is good for the person who is dying and for the people who are left, as it helps them to get on with living.

“For someone who is dying this is always on their mind.”

Ms Dennis said information is available at both hospitals, including pamphlets, information sheets and contact numbers concerning palliative care.

“We want people to know there is a lot of palliative care support on the Tweed, including doctors, nurses, medical students, physiotherapists and volunteers, and help is always available from the Tweed Palliative Support Group,” Ms Dennis said.

“Talking about palliative care and about death is good for the person who is dying”



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