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Memorial service

By Jo Phelps, Michelle Palmer & Jolly Barber, Southend University Hospital

Category: Follow-Up and End-of-Life Care

The problem identified

Our successful monthly support group found it difficult to come to terms with the loss of members.

The intervention made to change the problem

An annual memorial service now takes place and is open to anyone who has lost a family member or friend to lung cancer or Mesothelioma regardless of whether they have been members of the support group. The service is filled with hymns, prayers and personal reflection. We usually advertise in the local press and send personal invitation to families who have lost a member within the last year. The service is held in November as part of our
campaign raising awareness for lung cancer awareness month.

How it changed my practice

This has proved a popular event. It enables members to reflect and has proved invaluable for staff as well as relatives of patients who have died.


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