Hospice launches app to encourage conversations about dying, death and bereavement

Categories: Community Engagement.

The Good Goodbye app, which is available to download for free, poses a series of questions with the aim of getting people to think about what they might want their final days to be like.

Questions are grouped into as number of themes:

  • living life to the full
  • planning ahead
  • being cared for
  • dying well
  • after death.

The app can be used independently or as part of a group to promote wider discussion.

Where a participant finds a question particularly thought provoking it can be saved to an envelope which will be forwarded to them at the end of the game.

“Talking about dying may not be easy, but it could be one of the most important conversations you will ever have,” explained community development manager Lisa Gibson.

“In many ways death and dying has become a modern day taboo with people actively avoiding their own mortality. A fundamental change in society to accept death as a part of the life cycle will mean that when death does have an impact on our lives we will be better equipped to support each other.

“Open and honest conversations will also mean that more people are able to access the care and support they need, make the most of the time they have and have their end of life wishes met.”

Lisa adds: “The Good Goodbye offers users the chance to gather their thoughts together about how they want their end of life to be. The app is about talking to your friends and loved ones and sharing your thoughts and feelings.

“Users should think about where is the best place for them to have these conversations, who would they like to be involved and when would be the best time to have these conversations.

“The important thing is that The Good Goodbye is a practical first step in starting important conversations and for putting plans in place.”

The Good Goodbye app, which was which produced by Liam Moat, is available to download from the Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store.

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