With great success, the Compassionate Isle of Man team held four events in four separate locations (Ramsey, Castletown, Peel and Douglas) throughout Dying Matters week, to open up conversations around death and dying, promote the work of Compassionate Isle of Man and dispel some myths about Hospice. The team were also able to signpost people to the appropriate services, talk about Ecoffins / natural burials and how important it is to have these conversations before a crisis happens.
With help from Compassionate IOM volunteers, 320 incredible people were reached, who all shared their amazing stories and life experiences with the team as conversations about funerals and the importance of making a Will were held.
The main attraction for the week was the eye-catching 8 foot, 4 sided chalkboards, designed and labelled to encourage people to talk about and write down their bucket lists'.
Over 200 people wrote on the 'Before I die I want to...' chalk board, expressing their desires to travel the world, live in the here and now and spend time with their friends and family. Some other answers ranged from being peaceful to even volunteering for Compassionate Isle of Man! There were some fanastic pictures taken of the community taking part, their wishes and even the Compassionate IOM team, check out the Facebook group to have a look.
After a week of sharing in depth thoughts, tears and laughter, the team were delighted to hold such a successful debut event, encouraging reflection and compassionate thinking amongst our community. They look forward to continuing to spread this compassionate culture.
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