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Lets Talk About Death – Limerick women are being asked to think and talk about their death wishes and planning ahead at an upcoming event.

Lets Talk About Death Womens event aims to normalise conversations about death and dying

Lets Talk About Death Lets Talk About Death aims to demystify and normalise conversations about death and dying.

Lets Talk About Death aims to demystify and normalise conversations about death and dying

Limerick women are being asked to think and talk about their death wishes and planning ahead at an upcoming event organised by the Limerick Women’s Network. Lets Talk About Death aims to demystify and normalise conversations about death and dying. With this event the Limerick Women’s Network want to be ‘one stop shop’ and safe space for women to discuss, learn and think about their own mortality and what plans they would like to have in place. 

Limerick Women’s Network Coordinator, Yvie Murphy, said “We believe that these are really important conversations that women should be having but very often they don’t know where to start. Let’s Talk About Death will be available as an in person and online event in order to make it as accessible as possible for women. The event will cover a range of different topics such as the fair deal scheme, what your preferences might be in the event of an emergency, serious illness or death, as well as how to make a will and women’s role in the deathcare industry.” 

Lets Talk About Death takes place Tuesday, October 19 from 10am – 1pm in Limerick Strand Hotel and the online event takes place on Wednesday, October 20 from 6:30pm – 9pm via Zoom. The online event will have ISL Interpreters. You must register prior to attending either event. To register, search for NCCWN Limerick Women’s Network on Eventbrite or call 087-3283746. 

Certified Thanatologist and Lecturer, Jennifer Morna Stritch, one of the speakers said, “I’m delighted with the chance to talk about women and the deathcare industry; while it’s hardly a new phenomenon it’s one that we don’t consider very often in Ireland.  I’m very grateful that Limerick Women’s Network is creating an open and comfortable space to consider the roles, responsibilities and leadership women can provide in this area.” Another speaker, Rebecca Lloyd of the Irish Hospice Foundation, continued, “Women have always been central to dying and death, from the provision of care and comfort, being the wise woman people sought for advice, the women who washed the bodies of the dead or keened by the bedside it is in our DNA to support each other through dying, death and bereavement. Our souls hold this knowledge, we just need to dip back in.” Solicitor, Sharon Cahir, noted “Women know what they want. Women are emerging as the leaders within their own families and wider family circles in advocating for family conversations around planning ahead for care in sickness and after death wishes. Covid was the most recent catalyst to focus minds on the legal alternatives for a person’s financial care and personal welfare during one’s lifetime and their wishes when they pass away. Clarity and forward planning is key to avoiding conflict within families. Sometimes uncomfortable conversations just need to be had.” 

Let’s Talk About Death is supported by Our Lady of Charity Ireland Trust Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland and HSE National Lottery Funding. Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, added: “Mortality is the great equaliser. While many people may want to deflect or simply ignore that we are all heading in the same direction, it is something we should prepare for. The Limerick Women’s Network are to be congratulated for bringing together experts to give advice on how to reflect and plan around mortality. In particular, we welcome the advice on will-making, which is an opportunity for people to consider leaving a legacy which can benefit the wider community or advance a cause which they are passionate about. The Community Foundation is proud to be a partner of this important initiative and wish all the participants every success.” 

This event takes place Tuesday, Oct 19  10am – 1pm, Limerick Strand Hotel or Wednesday, October 20 , 6:30pm – 9pm, via Zoom. People can register for both events via Eventbrite or by calling 087-3283746.  More information can be found at Limerick Women’s Network on Facebook. 

Event information: 

In person event – 

Let’s Talk About Death  

Tuesday October 19

10am –1pm  

Limerick Strand Hotel  

Register HERE 

Online event – 

Let’s Talk About Death 

Wednesday October 20  

6:30pm – 9pm – both events are the same and the online event will have Irish Sign 

Zoom webinar 

This event will have Irish Sign Language Interpreters. 

Register HERE  

You must register via Eventbrite to attend either event.  

About Limerick Women’s Network: 

NCCWN Limerick Women’s Network aims to promote gender equality through our work. We are an inclusive organisation and our work is guided by community development and feminist principles. We work with all women but have a particular focus on women who experience multiple forms of disadvantage and marginalisation. We work with women in a number of ways – by providing supports and information to women (on topics like: health services / education / domestic violence / women’s groups). Prior to COVID-19 we had a drop-in service. Currently we still support women but it is mainly through online / email / phone and are phasing in face to face meeting. We organise a variety of activities and events for celebration days such as International Women’s Day and run various programmes such as Representing Women. We were instrumental in the establishment of the first women’s caucus at a local level in the country.   

For more stories about Limerick Women’s Network go HERE

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