Eleven of us met up in Cirencester in Jane’s lovely garden lodge, surrounded by nodding daffodils and clusters of primroses. Right from the start a distinct theme emerged, which focused on preparing for death. “I would like to know the day and hour of my death,’ said one participant. ‘I like being in control, and … More Cirencester March Death Cafe: Clear out your stuff!
This pop-up was co-hosted by Julienne McLean, a psychologist and Jungian analyst and spiritual director, based in north London. Julienne works with clients who experience bereavement issues throughout life. Up until now, people who come to the pop-up death cafes have been personally interested in end of life care, or have family and friends who … More Summary of the King’s Cross pop-up death cafe
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