The North West Hospital and Health Service Palliative Care Team is hosting a Community Memorial Service for anyone who has lost a loved one, to start the conversation around death.
The Community Memorial Service will run at Mount Isa Catholic Church from 6:30pm on Wednesday May 22, during National Palliative Care Week 2019. The week's theme is 'What Matters Most?' which asks Australians to reflect on what would be most important to them if they became seriously unwell.
NWHHS Palliative Care Nurse Samantha Beedham says dying is a normal part of life so it is important for our community to have discussions about death and dying and the type of care people would want to receive if they could no longer speak for themselves.
"By having the conversation with their loved ones and health professionals, people can ensure their treatment and care best aligns with their values and preferences regarding both the type and place of care and place of death," Ms Beedham said.
"We encourage everyone to discuss what matters most to them with their loved ones and health care team.
"This is a unique opportunity to remember loved ones, to share memories and embrace the impact that each person has in our lives and in the wider community.
"We want people to walk away from the Community Memorial Service feeling reassured and supported."