Thinking or talking about the prospect of death, dying and loss is very difficult. When a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague is diagnosed with an advanced illness it is often hard to know what to say, or to be able to find the words to talk together about some of life’s most challenging and sensitive experiences.
The ‘Let’s Talk’ films were launched on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, in the Thomond Suite, Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick.
The aim of the film series is to support communication and aid discussion. They are titled as follows:
- Did you hear about Bill?– When someone you know is very seriously ill…
- A promise – When someone you love is seriously ill…
- A journey – When you are seriously ill…
- Bobby’s Story – Communicating with children about illness and death.
The films were made in partnership with Rebecca Lloyd of Dandelion Clock Design, and feature the music of renowned composer Mícheál O’Súilleabbháin. Both artists attended the launch and spoke about their part in this very worthwhile and important collaboration.
Limerick Person of the Year, Ms Helen O’Donnell, addressed the audience and spoke about the importance of creating caring communities.
Pat Quinlan, Chief Executive of Milford Care Centre, stated that Milford, as the Specialist Palliative Care provider for the Mid-West of the country, has a long tradition of supporting individuals and families as they face some of the most difficult challenges in life.
The films were officially launched in Thomond Park by Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, Deputy Mayor of Limerick.
Milford Care Centre, Limerick, has the first Compassionate Communities project in Ireland, initiated in 2011 and piloted in the Northwest of Limerick city. In 2012 the project was extended to the whole of Limerick City and to the town of Newcastlewest in County Limerick.
Following the launch, the films are now widely and freely available through the Compassionate Communities website.