A new website has been launched to provide residents in east Suffolk with information and support around subjects related to death and dying.
The website – www.tolivewithdying.co.uk – has been launched to coincide with Hospice Care Week and World Hospice & Palliative Care Day on Saturday 10th October.
It is intended to act as a guide to local and national resources that provide helpful information and support.
The website covers issues such as how to talk about death and dying, living well with a life-limiting illness, planning for the future, terms used about death and dying, carer support, how to deal with an emergency, what to do when someone dies, bereavement, loneliness and support.
Dr Lindsey Crockett, senior partner at the Peninsula Practice and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG)’s End of Life Care Lead, said: “It feels appropriate to launch this website during Hospice Care Week as it aims to be a compassionate, accessible and easy to follow resource on what can be a very difficult topic.
“It has particular significance for people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, their families and friends, carers and those dealing with bereavement following the loss of a loved one.
“But it also has significance for everyone, as death and dying is something that affects us all. How we talk about it and prepare for it can have a huge impact on us as individuals and on those around us.”
Dr Abhijit Bagade, Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Suffolk said: “We want local residents to know where to find information and support regarding the many aspects of death and dying, including planning for the future, cherishing the life we have and not feeling alone.
“This new website provides a single point of access to a range of online resources and helplines.”
The website has been created by IESCCG and Suffolk County Council in collaboration with service users, patient representatives and local health and wellbeing organisations, including Marie Curie, St Elizabeth Hospice, the Suffolk GP Federation, East Suffolk and North East Essex Foundation Trust, Care UK and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust.