Recognising the importance of families, friends, neighbours and communities working alongside one another as well as our statutory services, Compassionate Isle of Man operates on the premise that tackling loneliness, and talking about death and dying is everyone’s business.
Aiming to transform societal attitudes and behaviours around death, dying, loneliness and isolation, Compassionate Isle of Man looks to enable and empower people to help and support one another at times of crisis, increasing health need, death, dying and bereavement.
By building resilience, promoting well-being, connecting with people and being kind, our initiative aims to create community connections and nurture a compassionate community to enhance the overall quality of Island-life by delivering a number of schemes.
Dying Matters Awareness Week provides a wonderful opportunity for us to raise awareness about Palliative and End of Life Care as well as open conversations around death, dying and bereavement, making it easier for you and your loved ones to consider what it means to “be in a good place to die”.
The benches can be used by anyone, of any age, and will promote simple acts of kindness that could make a difference to people who might be living alone and needing human contact.
'Back Home Boxes' contain essential, non-perishable groceries for people who live alone and are returning home following a stay in hospital or Hospice. This initiative has now been kindly adopted by the Isle of Man Food Bank.
Specially trained volunteers who are there to help provide support to families at times of need.
A friend to the end is a wonderful programme specifically designed to provide companionship and support to people in the last 72 hours of their life.
Our Social Cafe events are all about getting people out of the house and meeting with others in a relaxed setting.
As with Hospice Isle of Man's incredible army of volunteers, we are extrememly grateful for the support received from our caring and compassionate volunteers.
Thinking ahead and writing your future health care preferences down in an Advance Care Plan will ensure that should you ever lack capacity to voice them yourself, your voice can still be heard.
Your comment is personal to you, and we would love to hear all about what you want to do before you die, so please get involved and share the opportunity with your friends and family.