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A palliative care nurse from Wales is doing a tour of the country to encourage people to have honest discussions about death.
During her tour, Maria Parry, who works at the University of South Wales, will be manning a pop-up lounge that was created to start conversations about the end of life.
“There can often be questions that people feel too afraid to ask, or too uncomfortable to face”
The initiative, called ‘The Departure Lounge’, was developed by the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Liminal Space, with support from the Health Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
Ms Parry said the aim of the project was to “increase the conversation around the difficult topic”.
The lounge was first based in Lewisham shopping centre earlier this year.
Following this, Ms Parry used literature and props supplied by the Academy of Medical Sciences to create a portable departure lounge.
“Death can all too often be a taboo subject for many people, but it’s something that happens to us all,” said Ms Parry who is also an academic manager.
“There can often be questions that people feel too afraid to ask, or too uncomfortable to face,” she said.
“We are hoping The Departure Lounge will give people the confidence to ask what can be very difficult and personal questions, and supply some of the answers they need so that they can understand more about what will happen to them and their loves ones.”
The tour will kick off at Barclays Bank in Llandrindod Wells between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Friday 29 November.
The first event is the result of a partnership between Barclays Bank, Powys Teaching Health Board, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, and University of South Wales.
Those behind the initiative also hope to spark awareness around how people can be supported to have a ‘good death’ in the future.
Sarah Wheeler, Macmillan lead nurse end of life care planning at Powys Teaching Health Board, said she was “delighted” to be able to bring the initiative to Powys.
“Advance care planning is for everyone,” she said. “It is a voluntary way to help you think about, prepare and plan for your future care and the end of your life.
“It can be a great support to your loved ones to know what you would want, if you ever can’t speak for yourself.”