The tenth pop-up death café on Mystic Moon took place in sight of two magnificent tall ships currently being refurbished in Gloucester docks. Similar to all the previous pop-up death cafes, we spoke about a variety of topics. So this is an overview of what we talked about. Our café started with one of the … More Gloucester pop-up death café: Fear of dying, how you live is how you die, and the need for clear language by doctors
I am thrilled to be setting off on my narrrowboat Mystic Moon this April to offer pop-up death cafes along the river and canal systems throughout the spring and summer months. I am passionate about helping people to talk more honestly and openly about end of life issues, and equally passionate about the UK’s inland … More Pop-up death cafes on Mystic Moon, my narrowboat
I was very heartened to read yesterday’s Daily Telegraph’s piece, Emergency staff to be told if you want to live or die. Backed by health minister Simon Burns, the Government is now keen for electronic records to be shared by paramedics and out-of-hours GPs, which will give seriously ill people the choice of whether they wish to … More At last, choice is on the way for those not wanting resuscitation
I have now had a chance to reflect on my concern over Liz Kershaw’s Sunday Times article (20th Feb), Cause of Death: the NHS (only accessible to those who to subscribe to the Times On-line). It is about her experience of how NHS medical staff treated her 87-year-old dying grandfather. She starts the piece by saying, … More Cause of Death: reaching the end of life
I appreciate that care for the elderly by the NHS has become a contentious issue, but has the world gone completely mad? My friend Diana popped in for a cuppa, and proceeded to tell me how her 97-year-old godmother has just had a pacemaker fitted. Since her godmother had expressly told her that she’d had … More Pace-maker fitted for 97 year-old woman. Has the world gone completely mad?
Living in the same location as two octogenarian couples is a salutary experience. One couple, Brian and Enid, are fully engaged with the reality that time is running out. The other couple, not. Let’s start with Brian and Enid (all names have been changed). Knowing that I had written a book on the dying experience, hand-in-hand Brian … More A lesson well learnt about the importance of living wills