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BRISTOL MEMORIAL WOODLANDS APPOINTS NEW FUNERAL DIRECTOR

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Military service of remembrance

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All souls service

 

A virtual workshop exploring themes of grief, loss and bereavement is being held on Monday 28th June to help people deal with issues surrounding death.

Organised by Bristol Memorial Woodlands and run by training provider Gentle Dusk, participants can join for free via an online video link and the session is open to healthcare professionals as well as members of the public.

Death, dying and planning for the end of life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone, including those working within health and social care.

At a time when palliative and end-of-life professionals are witnessing increasing numbers of deaths - with over 125,000 UK deaths attributable to coronavirus - the workshop is aimed at those affected by death and dying and will touch upon current theoretical approaches to bereavement and the impact of grief.

Chartered health psychologist and founding partner of Gentle Dusk, Mireille Hayden, will lead the training session which she hopes will offer support during a difficult time.

She said: “We are currently living through a period where the feelings of loss of many kinds have been felt by all the nation. Many have lost loved ones and not been able to be present at their end of life.

LOSS, GRIEF &
BEREAVEMENT TRAINING

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People have been through grief at a time where isolation and lack of social support, have made the experience more difficult. We all need the skills to support ourselves and others through bereavement. Creating more understanding about grief is an important part of helping the healing process.

Our bereavement workshop will help you understand the impact of grief, the current theoretical approaches to loss and gain insight into the diversity of experiences in relation to bereavement as well as look at the impact of Covid-19.”

The event is being delivered exclusively for Bristol Care Homes and is part of a free programme of training offered to care homes in and around Bristol. Should you wish to book training for your own organisations please contact Ella at ella@memorialwoodlands.com or call Ella on 01454 414 999.

End of life Conversations &
Planning 15th September

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Death, dying and planning for End of Life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone. With the right knowledge and skills it can become one of the most rewarding. This introductory half day workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of planning for the last years of life and enables participants to feel confident initiating conversations with service users and supporting them to discuss and record end of life wishes.

The training will be delivered by Mireille Hayden, Founding Director of Gentle Dusk. It is part of a new programme of free end of life training for professionals in the health and care sector.

Mireille Hayden, Founding Director of Gentle Dusk, said: “I have been working closely with Bristol Memorial Woodlands to deliver training following requests from front-line staff and leaders. We have now piloted delivering the sessions in a bespoke whole-systems approach to Bristol Care Homes. We received really positive feedback from everyone who attended. The programme will be free for the next six months for all care homes in Bristol and surrounding areas. It supports open conversations and provides staff with greater understanding and confidence in addressing the issues around these taboo subjects.”

Tania Bartholomew, Group Care Quality Manager, Bristol Care Homes said: “Gathering information about our residents’ end of life plan is a really important part of what our care staff do. This training explains the importance of knowing residents’ wishes, sharing those wishes with the right people and ensuring they are carried out with dignity”.

This event is being delivered exclusively for Bristol Care Homes and is part of a free programme of training offered to care homes in and around Bristol. Should you wish to book training for your own organisations please contact Ella at ella@memorialwoodlands.com or call Ella on 01454 414 999. For more information about Gentle Dusk visit www.genteldusk.org.uk

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A seminar focused on the importance of conversation and planning in end of life care is being held for all those who work in care homes and end of life care. 

Organised by Bristol Memorial Woodlands in partnership with training provider Gentle Dusk, the workshop aims to help participants feel confident initiating conversations with people at the end of their lives and supporting them to discuss and record their care wishes.

Open to care home staff, GPs, district nurses and other local professionals working in end of life care, the event will take place on Wednesday 15th September.

The workshop is part of a series of lectures, seminars and training sessions being held at Memorial Woodlands and will be free of charge.

Christopher Baker, founder of Bristol Memorial Woodlands, said: “Death is still such a taboo subject and we really want to open up more conversations around dying, which is the aim with our series of seminars. It’s a topic which affects us all, so as uncomfortable as it may be, these conversations are incredibly important”.

The training is being delivered by Mireille Hayden, founding director of Gentle Dusk which provides training and events around death, dying and bereavement.  

Mireille is a Health Psychologist and Senior Manager with 20 years of experience in the Health Service. Mireille also often provides expert input on death in the media including appearances on BBC News Worldwide, BBC ideas and in New Scientist Magazine.  

With Gentle Dusk she aims to empower professionals and communities on topics around death combining knowledge and techniques from psychology, experience of healthcare services and patient and family support in end of life care.

Mireille said: “Death, dying and planning for the end of life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone working within health and social care. With the right knowledge and skills, it can become one of the most rewarding.” For more information about Gentle Dusk visit www.genteldusk.org.uk

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 15 Sept from 10-13:30 at Bristol Memorial Woodlands. Places are free for local professionals but limited to 20 for this workshop.

To book email your name, title and organisation as well as the title and date of the course you want to be booked on to ella@memorialwoodlands.com or telephone 01454 414 999.

 

End of life Conversations &
Planning 24th June (Bristol Care Homes)

MEMORIAL WOODLANDS NEWS

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Leading South West funeral venue Bristol Memorial Woodlands has appointed

Steve Begbie-Dilks as a new funeral director.

Steve, 58, has 12 years’ experience in the funeral industry having spent the majority of his career in newspaper print production working for the Bristol Evening Post and Daily Mail.

Since joining another local funeral firm in 2009 Steve has turned his hand to everything from working in the mortuary to driving hearses.

His new role at Bristol Memorial Woodlands in Alveston will see him supporting families as they plan their loved one’s funeral and ensuring the day runs smoothly from start to finish.

Steve, from Coalpit Heath, said: “I am relishing my new role with Bristol Memorial Woodlands. Coming into the funeral business later in life happened by accident when I took up a position in-between jobs. I ended up staying and working on the operations side of the firm for over a decade.

“Now as a funeral director at Bristol Memorial Woodlands I can say I’ve had a whole new lease of life and I’m thoroughly enjoying working for such a wonderful organisation, where attention to detail and the best interests of the families we care for are always top priority.

“It’s an honour to support and comfort families during such a sad and difficult time in their lives. Helping people remember and pay tribute to their loved ones is so important and we try to make the process as easy and pleasant as it can possibly be.

“I treat everyone with care and professionalism and always remind customers that they have plenty of time and choice when planning their special occasion.”

Steve joins existing Memorial Woodlands funeral director Scott Walker. The woodlands is a 100-acre site just north of Bristol where families can hold a funeral followed by a burial and tree planting at the picturesque site, which is held in trust for future generations.

Whole morning or afternoon services and celebrations are available for less than the average price of a cremation and there is the added benefit of burials being more environmentally friendly.

Chris Baker, founder of Bristol Memorial Woodlands, said: “We are delighted to have Steve join our team here. Already we can see the way he puts families at ease and goes above and beyond to make each experience personal.”

Outside of work Steve is a qualified UEFA football coach running a successful local Under 16s team.