LIVING with dementia was a key theme of this year’s bereavement care conference, held at Mosaic Reform recently.
More than 100 delegates from multi-faith groups, organistions and indivduals who help the bereaved attended the 35th annual conference opened by Harrow Mayor, Cllr Rekha Shah.
She spoke of the anguish of losing someone you know “even if they are still with you” and said people with dementia had been neglected by society in the past.
Padraic Garrett, who leads Jewish Care’s innovative and unique Arts, Disability and Dementia Team said: “This is a word so many people fear. A lot of people over 50 say it’s one of the things they fear most. It’s why so many people don’t seek a diagnosis.”
Other panellists included Wendy Weidner, business development manager for Dementia UK, Elizabeth Carruthers, a psychotherapist based at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre at Mount Vernon hospital, who spoke about living with cancer and how it was no longer “the death sentence it used to be,” and Pete Smale, from Child Bereavement UK. He said: “A parent of a child under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK.”
Judy Silverton, Mosaic Reform member and chairwoman of the conference planning group, welcomed delegates and thanked the sponsors as well as the volunteers who supplied a superb lunch.