PAH is proud to host a play about how we can bring life to the end of life conversations we have with patients, families and carers.
Homeward Bound is a play about love, relationships, empathy and compassion at end of life. It takes you on a journey with Seth and Lesley Goodburn through terminal pancreatic cancer until Seth’s death just 33 short and heart-breaking days after his diagnosis.
The play draws its content from a series of letters written by Lesley before and after Seth’s untimely death. She articulates the journey from the first signs of his illness, through diagnosis, care and treatment and after his death at their local NHS Hospital.
Homeward Bound is written to give people and especially health care professionals the opportunity to reflect on compassionate person and family centred care at end of life and helps people to understand how little things mean a lot to a person who is dying and to their family.
Homeward Bound was written as Seth had asked Lesley to share their story to
Help raise awareness of signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer
To improve the experience of people diagnosed with late stage cancer
To improve the experience of people at the end of their lives and to raise the discussion about compassion in death and dying.
The play has been written by playwright Brian Daniels and is a forty minute dramatic reading with two actors playing the roles of Seth and Lesley and has been commissioned by the National Council for Palliative Care.
The play is also supported by Pancreatic Cancer UK who are working in partnership on the development of educational resources for use by health care professionals.
The event will include a facilitated discussion led by Lesley Goodburn, who survives Seth Goodburn and whose letters serve as the main source of the dramatic content.