St Oswald’s Hospice is hosting a series of events this Hospice Care Week (7th-13th October), including an exclusive event with bestselling author, Dr Kathryn Mannix.

The events take place on Thursday 10th October at St Oswald’s, based in Gosforth, Newcastle, and include an “in conversation with” Dr Kathryn Mannix event, author of the book With the End in Mind. Within her book, Kathryn shares her stories of over 30 years’ experience working as a doctor in palliative care in the North of England. With the End in Mind became a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Other events during the day include a Death Café and a marketplace drop-in event to find out more about planning for the future. Death cafes are a popular global movement, encouraging people to talk about death in a relaxed and informal setting. You can book your place at any of these events at www.stoswaldsuk.org/hospice-care-week

Angela Egdell, Director of Care at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “We know it’s not easy to talk about death and dying, even at a hospice, which is why we are inviting our community to talk about these topics in a safe and supportive environment.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by Dr Kathryn Mannix, who has strong links to St Oswald’s as a Vice President, and has supported the organisation as a member of our Board. Today she is a bestselling author and will be joining us to talk about her inspirations for her book, read an excerpt from the book, and there will be an opportunity to ask Kathryn questions.

“At St Oswald’s we know first-hand that when people plan and are prepared for death, we are told they experience a better death. Our events give people an opportunity to talk and listen about death and I would encourage anyone to come along for this practical, sometimes emotional, but always useful event.”

Dr Kathryn Mannix, bestselling author and former Palliative Care Consultant, said:

With the End in Mind is a book of stories about what I learned from patients over the 30 years I worked in palliative medicine. I have helped to care for thousands of people at the very end of their lives and have seen first-hand the harm done by the taboo of death. Instead, I believe it’s time to give each other permission to talk about death.

“I’m very excited to for this one off event at St Oswald’s and hope that members of the North East community can join me to talk openly about death and dying.”

There are less than 40 places remaining for this intimate “in conversation with” Dr Kathryn Mannix event. To book your place, and for details of other events during the week visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/hospice-care-week