Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Some helpful advice for when that time comes

FREE sessions advising people about end-of-life care planning are to be held at Sonning Common village hall during

FREE sessions advising people about end-of-life care planning are to be held at Sonning Common village hall during the autumn.

The monthly sessions between September and December are being organised by Rika Adams and Dr Ellen Kruidenier, a GP at Sonning Common health centre.

They will cover a range of topics, with a guest speaker at each one, and are free to attend.

On September 21, from 10am to 11.30am, solicitor Elizabeth Short will give a talk called “Advanced directives to refuse treatments, practical and legal issues, wills, lasting power of attorney and probate”.

The session on October 24, from 2.30pm to 4pm, will be led by community responders and South Central Ambulance Service.



It is called “First aid for older people and issues around ‘do not resuscitate’.”

On November 16, from 2.30pm to 4pm, the subject is “Funerals: What are my choices? Where do I start?”. This session will be led by Henley funeral directors Tomalin & Son, Andy Chantera, custodian of the Henley woodlands burial grounds, and Sonning Common parish councillor Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury. 

On December 7, from 2.30pm to 4pm, the subject is “Bereavement, grief, family support and befriending  services”.

This session will be led by Ken Blanton, Sue Ryder chaplain, Alison Clements, Sue Ryder befriending co-ordinator, and Sue Nickson, of FISH home visiting.

Peter Woolsey, a member of the health centre’s patient participation group, said: “This programme for assisting people to cope with the end of life is to be admired.

“The practical approach is helpful for everyone, the dying person and especially their family and friends.

“Attending one of these events will help anyone know what assistance and advice is available for when the time comes that they need it.”



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