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Compassionate Communities aims to break the taboo about death and dying by supporting people in their local communities.

We give you the tools to help others - whether it be at work, through community events or supporting a neighbour going through a bereavement.

By supporting each other, we can help bring confidence to difficult conversations and help people at the end of their life.

What is a Compassionate Community?

Compassionate Communities are committed to improving end of life care and bereavement support for the whole community.

Bringing local residents, schools, businesses, groups and healthcare services together, Compassionate Communities is a network to promote and support kindness, friendship and a collaborative approach to caring for one another at times of health crisis and personal loss.

Everybody can play a part by being part of their local Compassionate Community.

Compassionate Communities will: 

  • Open up conversations about death, dying and loss - for example, through events and death cafés
  • Improve death literacy - the practical know-how needed to plan end of life care
  • Share opportunities to support each other – for example, through free Compassionate Conversations training for all
  • Engage local people and groups who may not have access to resources and support
  • Work in collaboration with the whole community - connecting with other groups, organisations, networks and local services

Useful links to support you and your community

Click on the links below to go to third party sites which are recommended by St Elizabeth Hospice:

We would like to recognise the invaluable support given to this programme by the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Norfolk and Waveney CCG

The evaluation of this programme is being carried out by UEA Health and Social Care Partners

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