My work is about standing-under to hold grieving families

Since I interviewed Angela Ward, we have been in the grip of the Coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, what Angela has to say about her work with Go Simply Funerals is even more poignant for all of us. Angela Ward and her husband run the award-winning Go Simply Funerals, based in Melksham. Angela also puts on Pushing … More My work is about standing-under to hold grieving families

Gloucester pop-up death café: Fear of dying, how you live is how you die, and the need for clear language by doctors

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

Leamington Spa pop-up: Saying goodbye, saying I love you, and are death cafes a western indulgence?

Even a drab industrial mooring at Leamington Spa, on an equally drab wet afternoon, couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm and passion of the eight of us who gathered together on Mystic Moon to talk about life, death, and what really matters. The first theme to emerge was how difficult it can be to open up conversations … More Leamington Spa pop-up: Saying goodbye, saying I love you, and are death cafes a western indulgence?

At last, choice is on the way for those not wanting resuscitation

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

Talking on Woman’s Hour: Facing the Fear and Doing it Anyway

Taking part in a discussion with eldercare campaigner Marion Shoard on Woman’s Hour yesterday was one of the scarier moments of my life.  Almost as bad as flying in an aeroplane (which for me tips over into miserable experience).  But I had the same heart rate going through the roof. Same wanting to throw up. Same throat muscles … More Talking on Woman’s Hour: Facing the Fear and Doing it Anyway

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

Why are we Brits so poor at talking about dying?

A recent survey commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition (set up by the National Council of Palliative Care to promote betters ways to talk about end of life issues) says that ‘death is still a taboo subject for Brits.’ Shockingly, it found that only 16% of us told relatives or next-of-kin where we would like to die, … More Why are we Brits so poor at talking about dying?