Conference explores dying well

The Dying Well Autumn Conference attracted over 90 delegates who listened to seven speakers and contributed to the subsequent 'Question Time'.  Organised by Interfaith Wolverhampton in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Hospice, it was held in the refurbished 'Chancellor's Hall' on Saturday 19th November 2016.

Leading practitioners in palliative care came together to discuss the current provision and responsibility of end of life care for individuals with a life limiting illness.

A presentation on The SWAN model of end of life and bereavement care was made by Magi Sque Professor of Clinical Practice. This model of end of life and bereavement care was introduced at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2015.

Baroness Finlay added: “It is incumbent on us to actively listen to the dying, give them undivided attention and provide the best care that we possibly can.  Systematic prior planning and implementing it is integral to ensuring a calm end for the patient.  Above all, we must put in place care that confers honour, respect and conserves dignity.”

There were insights into the practice and vital role of being mindful of essential faith requirements to facilitate a peaceful end from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist traditions.

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