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Let’s Talk About Death – Limerick Women’s Network initiative will get women talking

Limerick Women’s Network (LWN) have organised an event that will get women talking about death and to consider planning ahead for the future.

The event, Let’s Talk About Death, which will be held at the Strand hotel on October 19 from 10 am – 1 pm, and online on Wednesday, will be attended by a number of professional speakers and cover topics such as wills, emergency events and serious illness or death.

LWN Project Co-ordinator, Yvie Murphy, is looking forward to seeing an event go ahead that promotes women talking about things they may not normally discuss.

She said, “It was sort of like an organic, collective idea. I suppose with Covid and everything people were unfortunately thinking about their mortality a little bit more.”

Ms. Murphy is hoping that the event receives positive feedback next week as she thinks these conversations are important ones that women should be having.

She added, “There are a number of events we’re looking to do along a similar vein. I suppose it depends on the feedback that we get from women about the event and whether they find it useful and whether they want to do something more.”

Some of the speakers attending are a certified Thanatologist (study of death, dying and the psychological tools to deal with them), Jennifer Moran Stritch, and Rebecca Lloyd of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Ms. Moran Stritch 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.”

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 praised LWN for bringing together these experts to advise women on how to deal with their own mortality.

She said, “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.”

Register for the event via Eventbrite or call 087-3283746.

Limerick Women’s Network are based in 28 John’s Street, Limerick City and can be contacted by the above number or 061-574282, or by email through developmentworkerlink@gmail.com.  

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