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‘Big Book Club Night’ to highlight how Dying Matters



The Northern Health and Social Care Trust, together with Compassionate Communities, are hosting an event on Thursday 5 May from 7pm – 9pm at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy to mark Dying Matters Week.

The Northern Trust healthcare team will host a Q&A session providing information on resources, support available and the steps to be prepared for end of life.



Author Emma Heatherington will also be there to discuss her new novel ‘One More Day’ which focuses on the dilemmas faced after a life changing event changes a young woman and her family’s future.

Fiona Gilmour, Macmillan Service Improvement Lead for the Northern Trust, explained:


“None of us want to think about getting ill or dying, yet none of us want to make things difficult for our loved ones either. Start the conversation today as it is essential to plan ahead for a time when those closest to us will be asked to carry out our wishes.


“This year we’re using a creative way, with the help of Emma’s novel, to start the conversation about dying and grief, and to encourage people to plan for the end of life during Dying Matters Week.

“The book narrative aligns to the real life situations and challenges faced by many families that we help to support daily within our Palliative Care team.

“This is an ideal evening for book loving friends or book clubs, but with an important health message to think about."


For further information, please contact the Northern Trust Palliative Care Service Improvement Team NHSCT by emailing palliativecare.events@northerntrust.hscni.net or Compassionate Communities North West at info@compassionatecommunitiesnw.com

This event is free but booking is essential.



Book now via Eventbrite by searching ‘Big Book Club Night’ or by telephoning 07841101932.

Alternatively, a live stream of this event will available on @compassionatecommunitiesnw Facebook page.