What would you want your coffin to say about you if you could design it? The local NHS in West Lancashire is issuing a final call for residents to be part of its end of life community project and share something that represents how they view death and dying.
NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) community project to decorate a coffin was launched to encourage people to talk openly and death, dying and bereavement and to make plans for the future as part of national Dying Matters Week in May.
Residents from across the region have been getting creative by submitting jokes, drawings, poems , photos and more, with many using the opportunity to share something that represents them or how they view death and dying.
Dr Simon Frampton, local GP and NHS West Lancashire CCG board member, said: “This project was launched to get people talking and thinking about their end of life care and what they want to happen. We’ve had some fantastic entries so far and I would like to encourage local residents to carry on submitting their entries. Submit your entry now and make sure you’re a part of this community project.”
Dr Karen Groves, palliative care lead at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Queenscourt Hospice, added: “Planning and talking about death is important to all of us. Thinking about our end of life care plans and having that conversation with loved ones will make things easier when the time inevitably comes; it won’t bring death closer. Don’t be afraid to make decisions early.”
The coffin will be unveiled in Dying Matters Week in May and can be used in future by anyone in West Lancashire to promote end of life issues. To find out more about the coffin community project and to download a submission form and full terms and conditions, visit our coffin community project page or phone 01772 214 148.
The coffin project has full support from Queenscourt Hospice and national palliative care organisation Dying Matters.