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Specialists in palliative care

Last Days Matter

Helping families and friends look after their loved ones at home
Many people, understandably, feel ill-equipped to deal with the issues around end of life and are concerned that with no clinical knowledge, they will not be able to do what is needed. Many people with life shortening conditions and their families and friends told us that they are nervous about starting difficult conversations, others can feel nervous about looking after their loved ones at home.

St John’s Hospice has therefore worked with community colleagues to design a programme: Last Days Matter. This is a standalone three-hour session to support people without clinical qualifications to help look after their loved ones, be they friends or family, at home.

The Last Days Matter programme answers many of the questions and concerns patients and families frequently ask. It is a three-hour programme that discusses:

  • Planning for the future
  • How to care and accompany someone with a life shortening condition
  • Saying goodbye
  • Recognising the signs of dying
  • Negotiating the ‘new normal’ after someone has died.

The Last Days Matter programme is led by someone who has undergone training to discuss these topics. The programme is delivered in a face-to-face environment or online: this differs according to the organisation that offers the training.

Taking part in Last Days Matter

Upcoming sessions for Last Days Matter at St John's Hospice:
Fri 24 November: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mon 11 December: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Fri 26 January: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Mon 26 February: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Thu 21 March: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tue 23 April: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Fri 24 May: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tue 25 June: 9.30am – 12.30pm
If you would like to know more about Last Days Matter and when the next programme is running in your area please contact:

North Lancashire and South Lakes areas

St John’s Hospice – Sophy Horner – [email protected]

East & South Lancashire areas

Pendleside Hospice – Alice Thompson – [email protected]

Blackpool and Fylde areas

Trinity Hospice – Kim Lilley – [email protected]

Southport and surrounding areas

Queenscourt Hospice – Dr Karen Groves – [email protected]

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Linda Dewhurst – [email protected]

Central Lancashire (Preston, South Ribble and Chorley)

St Catherine's Hospice – Compassionate Communities Team – [email protected]