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
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?
Well, here we are at the start of 2012. Normally I wouldn’t hesitate in wishing everyone a Happy New Year. But somehow I can’t bring myself to use the word ‘happy’. Not when we are confronted by such global uncertainty. Yet on a twelve miles walk yesterday across magnificent Cotswold countryside it was easy to … More 2012: a time to accept our mortality
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
Last weekend I spent a delightful twenty-four hours with a group of Christian parapsychologists. Yes, those belonging to the Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies are more than open to the weird and wonderful, and even the downright scary and unexplainable. Thank goodness for that, because every few years they hold a conference to … More Deathbed visions and the paranormal
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
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