Maybe you are a young adult who has just been told you have a life limiting illness or a family member has received this news. Or maybe you have heard about Ending Life’s Taboo and want to find out more. Read on for some frequently asked questions and answers about our end of life support service.
We offer rapid access to end of life counselling for young adults aged 18 to 45 who have been told they have a life limiting illness. Our service is currently available at both Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.
Most people will be referred to us by their consultant, palliative consultant or GP although it is possible to make a self-referral.
No. We will go at your pace and how much or little you use our service is totally up to you.
Sessions can take place in hospital, at home, over the phone or online – whatever works best for you.
Yes. We know it can sometimes feel difficult to talk to people you are close to, so our counsellors are here to help you share your thoughts and fears openly.
Yes. We offer support to family members when you need us, helping you to deal with the here and now.
Before Ending Life’s Taboo was established there was no psychological support in hospital for young adults with a terminal or end of life diagnosis in North East Essex. Our rapid access approach means support is available quickly at a time when you need it the most.
Macmillan does work at both Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital however its remit is to work with those who have a curative prognosis. Macmillan is a supporter of the work of Ending Life’s Taboo.
St Helena Hospice does work within North East Essex however this is only with referrals and it doesn’t offer pre-death support in the hospital. St Helena Hospice is working with Ending Life’s Taboo and is supporting our charity to make this service available in Colchester Hospital.
You can support our terminal illness counselling charity in lots of different ways from volunteering at a fundraising event to making a donation. We are truly grateful for all the support we receive to provide our vital service. Find out how you can help.
If you have any further questions about our end of life support services please contact us