I interviewed Angela Ward, who co-runs Go Simply Funerals with her husband Kevin, about her work as a funeral celebrant and undertaker just before the Covid outbreak. Obviously our world has dramatically changed since then. As Angela and Kevin are at the sharp-end of death I wanted to catch up with her again to find out about how Covid is impacting the funeral industry and her experience of working with care homes.
Berkhamsted pop-up wasn’t so much a conversation about end of life issues, but more of a brainstorming between local GP Dr Jo Withers and her business partner, Sue Raynsford from Finity, Gita Kadirgama, Jo’s practice nurse, Mirelle Hayden (she also came to the King’s Cross pop-up death café) who manages Future Matters and Gentle Dusk, and Sally Whitworth who runs the Aylesbury Vale Natural Burial Meadow, about how end of life care information and alternative funeral services can be better delivered nationally.
We all agreed that end of life care in the UK is woefully lacking in unity and consistency. While our hospice service is regarded as the best in the world, the report from the parliamentary and health services ombudsman, released during Dying Matters week, shows that lack of compassion at the end of life provided by the NHS is causing considerable suffering and lack of dignity to many patients and relatives.