Summary of the King’s Cross pop-up death cafe

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

Terry Pratchett’s courageous odyssey into assisted suicide

It was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch Terry Pratchett’s BBC 2 documentary (if you can call it that) ‘Choosing to Die’ last night on catch-up. Trepidation, because the deaths I have witnessed as a nurse, and sitting with both my mother and father as they died, are not about the ‘gentle … More Terry Pratchett’s courageous odyssey into assisted suicide

Nan Maitland, ending her life with courage and dignity

Woman Commits Suicide to Avoid Old Age, was a front page Sunday Times headline.  Immediately I imagined some poor, pathetic, lonely old soul, without friends or family, reaching the end of her tether, and killing herself in a horrible, grisly way. Reading the story I realised how sensationalist and misleading this headline was. Eighty-four year old Nan … More Nan Maitland, ending her life with courage and dignity