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Building and sustaining compassionate communities
27th November 2019£30.00
The role of the Churches in supporting people with end of life matters
When faced with the reality of deteriorating health, caring responsibilities, death or bereavement, people need many things from the NHS and other formal services, and from their friends, families and communities.
Though health and social care services play an important role, they are only part of the picture. Education, workplace culture, family networks, the media, community support and access to information all play an important role in shaping people’s lives.
Churches and faith communities have a presence in nearly every area of Scotland and can offer support to those of faith or none. This conference will focus on how faith communities take an active part in developing approaches to support members of their congregations in all aspects of end of life – planning, spiritual care, support for the dying and the bereaved. The conference will explore examples of existing work and provide practical approaches and resources which churches can use.
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019
VENUE – Methodist Hall, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
09.30 Arrival, registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome and introductions to the day –
Marian Macintyre, National Convener of the Church of Scotland Guild; Robert Rendall, Chairperson, Faith in Older People
10.15 Why we all need to take action on end of life issues
Mark Hazelwood, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
10.35 Resourcing clergy to have confident conversations
Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley, Chaplain, Marie Curie Hospice
10.55 Spiritual Care Planning
Rev Cheryl McKellor-Young, Fairmilehead Parish Church
11.15 COFFEE BREAK
11.30 Nurturing compassionate communities relating to death, dying, loss and care
Rebecca Patterson and Robert Peacock: Good Life; Good Death; Good Grief
11.50 Bridging the gap – building relationships between communities and hospices
Richard Meade, Marie Curie
12.10 Panel discussion with the morning speakers
1.30 Examples of good practice
1.30 Compassionate Communities Toolkit, Rebecca Patterson and Robert Peacock
2.05 Practical Planning, Gerry Davis, Caesar Howie;
Accident Claim Service, Elizabeth Mitchell, Caesar Howie
2.45 Roundtable discussion groups
Ideas, ways of overcoming barriers, practical action
Feedback – 1 key concept per group (we will gather all ideas)
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