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Life is a gift, precious, to be savoured and enjoyed

It comes with no guarantees except one: it is finite and will end at some time. This thought can make one fearful and it is often brushed under the carpet. When we do think of it we may feel lost and lacking in direction with nothing to hold onto.

Chiltern Compass is here to help provide a direction that suits you: there is no one best route for everybody. Your life map is unique to you. Knowing the path you want to take and the practical things you need to do helps to manage and cope with confronting death, either your own or that of a loved one.

Talking about dying does not bring it any closer.

The magic of doing this is that it frees you to live life in the present and to the full, enjoying the sights and experiences along the path you travel. A burden is lifted, your vision is clearer, your love more intense.

So this is not only about dying but living life to the full whilst you can.

One of the most loving things you can do

Having that conversation can be one of the most loving things you can do for those close to you. Dr Jo Withers is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and volunteers with Virtual Doctors, a charity which provides telemedicine support to medical officers in rural Zambia.  Watch her TED talk on YouTube – We Need to Talk about Dying.

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Talking about dying frees you to live life in the present and to the full. Enjoying the sights and experiences along the path you travel. A burden is lifted, your vision is clearer, your love more intense.

Where and how do I start?

This website is your ‘compass’ to help you navigate these issues and find direction. In it you will find answers to these questions and plan for the rest of your life. It has important links to other websites which will have information that will be relevant to you and help. Remember it is what matters to you that is important, this should be your guiding star

Take a deep breath and ask yourself some questions – see our guidance questions

You are most welcome to come to our workshops where we will be able to help you more directly.

Events and workshops

Chiltern Compass runs customised workshops for community-based organisations such as churches, faith groups and societies. These are free, though a donation would be much appreciated. We also run ‘drop- in’ sessions in Amersham and Chesham, for anybody who would like to have an informal chat about end of life issues. From time to time Chiltern Compass holds concerts and plays related to end of life topics.

I’m in my 50s and healthy. I am so glad to have talked through my plans for the future with Chiltern Compass, so it will be helpful for my family too.

Workshop attendee

I’m in my 50s and healthy. I am so glad to have talked through my plans for the future with Chiltern Compass, so it will be helpful for my family too.

Workshop attendee

It really is worth taking some time to plan ahead.

Workshop Attendee