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Compassionate Conversations

Multiple dates available

Location varies


Event information

If you’re concerned about saying the wrong thing or want to know how to talk to and comfort someone nearing the end of life or grieving the death of a loved one, we can help.

Compassionate Conversations is an awareness training session delivered by Hospice Education, St Helena's joint education programme with St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and will give you the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations around end of life and bereavement. 

These events are held both online and in person. Book onto one of these events using the form below, selecting your chosen date. 

Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Compassionate Conversations awareness training dates:

Tuesday 4th April 2023, 10am – 12pm - ONLINE - please book by clicking here 

Thursday 11th May 2023, 10am – 12pm - in person - Columbine Centre, Princes Esplanade, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8PZ - please book using the form below 

Wednesday 14th June 2023, 7pm - 9pm - in person at St Helena Hospice, Barncroft Close, Colchester, CO4 9JU - please book using the form below 

Tuesday 4th July 2023, 7pm - 9pm - in person – Ramsey Step Down & Care Centre, Michaelstowe Drive, Ramsey, Harwich, CO12 5EP - please book using the form below 

Thursday 14th September 2023, 10am -12pm - in person - OneColchester Community Hub, 4-6 Long Wyre St, Colchester, CO1 1LH - please book using the form below 

Thursday 5th October 2023, 10am – 12pm - ONLINE - please book by clicking here 

Tuesday 7th November 2023, 10am -12pm - in person – Clacton Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1SE - please book using the form below 

Tuesday 5th December 2023, 10am – 12pm - ONLINE - please book by clicking here 

Book one of these sessions

What will Compassionate Conversations cover?

  • Breaking down taboos and myths about dying, death and bereavement and normalising responses to loss
  • How to have honest and compassionate conversations with people who are living with illness or people who are bereaved
  • Identifying ways to help and support others through support services
  • How Compassionate Communities are making a difference through simple acts of kindness

Please note places for these free sessions are limited and usually fully subscribed. We request that you let us know if for any reason you become unavailable to attend, as soon as possible, to enable others to attend instead. Email 

If you're interested in hosting a Compassionate Conversations training session, please contact us by emailing

Compassionate Conversations booking form

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