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KNOW HOW IT WORKS IN THE END

The end of life and death of our relatives, friends and neighbours often makes us feel helpless. The ancient knowledge that helped accompany us in our deaths in the past has been gradually lost with industrialisation.

To regain this knowledge, we offer a short “Last Aid” course.

In these courses interested citizens learn what they can do for those close to them at the end of their lives.

SHORT GUIDE FOR THE CAREGIVER

We offer practical guidance and teach simple moves. Caring for the dying is not a science. It‘s possible within the family and the neighbourhood.

We want to provide basic knowledge and encourage people to turn to the dying. Because affection is what we all need most at the end of life.

LAST AID, THE ETHOS

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die”.

Dame Cicely Saunders Founder of the modern hospice movement

At present Cicely Saunder’s words encompass the modern hospice movement. Last Aid takes these words, along with the ethos, and teaches what death and dying is to the whole society.

Presently death and dying are subjects which are difficult to talk about. Breaking down these taboo’s is part of the work of Last Aid. The end of a life is a difficult situation, having the tools to confidently and compassionately reach out, take someone’s hand and support them through their life, and into death.

The end of life and death of our relatives, friends and neighbors often makes us feel helpless. The ancient knowledge that helped members of a community accompany us in our deaths in the past has been gradually lost with industrialization.

To regain this knowledge, we offer a short “Last Aid” course that only lasts about four hours on only one afternoon or evening.

In these courses interested community members learn what they can do for those close to them at the end of their lives.

In our Last Aid courses we teach both.

LAST AID, AN OUTSTANDING PROJECT

Our Last Aid courses have been awarded numerous prizes.

Prize from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Palliativmedizin (German Society for Palliative Medicine)

In 2015 we won the “Recognition and Advancement Prize for Outpatient Palliative Care”. Last Aid has made a special contribution to the development of palliative care in the outpatient sector.

Startsocial

As a participant in the nationwide competition Startsocial, we were invited to the Chancellor’s Office in 2015 and honoured by Chancellor Merkel for being one of Germany’s best civic projects. It was an exciting day and our Last Aid courses have since become very popular.

In addition, we’ve received various awards at the international Palliative Care Network Conference in 2012 and 2015 and for the participation in the HelferHerzen (HelperHeart) 2016 project.

LAST AID, AN IDEA WORTH SHARING

More than 9.000 citizens have already been training in Last Aid and over 1600 people have become Last Aid trainers covering over 11 European countries, with the idea gaining traction globally.

We hope that this Last Aid briefing has given you a grasp of the idea and that you will agree that it is an idea worth sharing.

THE BOOK FOR THE COURSE

Bollig G, Heller A., Völkel M. Umsorgen von schwer erkrankten und sterbenden Menschen am Lebensende. 2016 Hospizverlag Ludwigsburg.

Available from your local hospice publisher, bookstores or online retailers such as Amazon.

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