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Dying Matters Week: Tring Play-Reading Focuses On Dementia

Dying Matters Week: Tring Play-Reading Focuses On Dementia

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:45am 12th May 2016.

Death isn't the easiest topic to talk about, but a play-reading in Little Kingshill and Tring today is helping us think about our futures.

'Dont Leave Me Now' is inspired by two real life stories.

It looks at the early impact of dementia on two different families, highlighting the emotions, dilemmas and challenges.

It's part of Dying Matters Week, to promote public awareness of dying and bereavement and to cope better when our loved ones pass away.

Dementia is not an illness confined to elderly people. It can develop in people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. The impact on and consequences for families is profound.

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The play is sponsored by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, and Finity is supporting - they are a voluntary association who give the community the opportunity to consider and explore end of life issues.

Jo Withers is the chair, she told us:

"None of us know what'd going to happen in the future and if by any chance we lose our ability to communicate well which can happen with dementia then we may not be able to say what really matters to us as we approach the end of our lives.

"Even though the play sounds very morbid and depressing, it's a very uplfiting play and theres lots we can learn from it

"Another thing we can do is think ahead and make a will and to record wishes that we might have about our future care or funeral plans.

"It's about having the courage to think about these things and then to talk about them with those closest to us, it's really important."

Jo said the play is a lighter, easier way to deal with talking about the topic:

"Even though we may not have dementia ourselves at this point, we all have people we know who are struggloing and goodness we need to think about ourselves too and what would be important to us.

Performances take place at 2pm at Little Kings Hill Baptist Church, and the 7pm performance is at the Court Theatre in Pendley, Tring. Entry is free.

Click here to reserve a seat for Little Kingshill

Click here to reserve a seat for Tring

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