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TEDx talk by Royal Trinity Hospice CEO now online

29 March 2018

A talk delivered by Royal Trinity Hospice CEO Dallas Pounds at TEDx Wandsworth in south London has just been released online.

The theme of the Wandsworth TEDx – the name given to independently organised, local TED events – was “Truth and Dare.” In her talk, Dallas presented the audience with the truth that we all share, that death will be experienced by us all. Her “dare” was to invite the audience to talk about death with those closest to them, in order to allow them to get on with living every moment.

Pounds said:

“I hope that people watching this talk will be inspired to take up the challenge of starting a conversation about planning for death and dying with those close to them. It is not an easy conversation to have, but harder still is the realisation of how helpful it could have been when it is too late.

“All too often people tell us how much harder dealing with a bereavement is when they had no instructions from their loved one or idea of their wishes. What is already a difficult time emotionally and practically can be made even harder and a courageous conversation can help prevent that. This is equally true where someone has lost capacity and is no longer able to communicate their wishes.

“Trinity is dedicated to helping those we care for and their families to live every moment. It is my belief that this is made much easier if we talk about and plan for death, knowing that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are shared.”

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