Free Church Group Workshop on End of Life Care

17th July 2017, 11:00 – 15:30

Free Churches House, 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH

Come and join the conversation about Palliative Care and Dying matters, and see how to strengthen and develop this important ministry in your church and local community. The day will be a mixture of keynote speakers and interactive discussions.

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Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis. The goal of such therapy is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.

This care also includes Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care, which forms the mediator for other care.

This day seeks to:-

  • place that care at the center of palliative care in the community
  • explore the churches role in this care
  • engage withthe National Conversation on Dying Matters

Speakers for the day will include:-

  • Revd Meg Burton, College of Health Care Chaplains lead on End of Life Care, Lead Chaplain at St Johns Hospice in Doncaster and Methodist Minister
  • Claire Henry  from the Dying Matters Team at the National Council for Palliative Care
  • Revd Debbie Hodge, Secretary for Health Care Chaplaincy Free Churches Group and project leader for Community Chaplaincy for NHS England

Outcomes for the day

At the end of the day participants will have:

  1. Gained knowledge of The Dying Matters Conversation and its potential to help church congregations and the wider community deal with death and dying.
  2. Explored the concept of Spiritual support for those receiving palliative care in the community and the potential of the local church to engage with this agenda
  3. Started an action plan of local / denomination involvement in the Dying Matters and palliative care agenda.

Who should attend?

  • Denominational leaders or those who are responsible for Ministry
  • Local church/congregation leaders
  • Those involved at national or local level with some responsibility for pastoral care, care of the dying and their families
  • Those interested in caring for the needs of the dying and their families

The workshop and lunch provided is at no cost to attendees.

Please RSVP to Sabina Williams at 0203 651 8334 or