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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 or loved one 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

Where we work

See where you can find a Compassionate Conversation training session, a Compassionate Workplace, bereavement bookshelves in libraries and people who we work in partnership with:

Many thanks to Guy Peryer from the University of East Anglia and Memoria Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium for their support and sponsorship.

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