cancer

Supporting bereaved people at Christmas

10 December 2014

A sad woman in front of a Christmas treeKate Ibbeson lost both her mum and dad to cancer within just ten months. Since their deaths, Kate, from Walkley, Sheffield, has set up Sheffield Cancer Mafia, an informal support group that aims to bring together people with cancer, cancer survivors, carers, family, friends and those who have lost a loved one.

Using my own loss to help others

15 January 2014

Maureen and her sonAustralian author Maureen Meredith gathered together her experience of losing loved ones, most significantly her son, to write her book 'Onwards and Upwards – Strategies for Grieving and Supporting'.

The power of poetry in hospice care

7 January 2015

Phil and hospice patientPhil Isherwood, pictured, right, with a patient at Bolton Hospice, where he is a volunteer poet, discusses the potential for poetry to boost patients' psychological wellbeing in hospice settings. Phil is also a research student at the University of Bolton, writing a thesis on ‘Numinous Connections: Poetry in the Hospice’. 

No, you can't speak to him. He's dead!

1 July 2013

Dorothy and Tony Bonser

Tony and Dorothy Bonser, of Hoghton, near Preston, lost their 35-year-old son Neil, pictured below, to cancer. In the four years since, they have periodically received communications for Neil, despite having informed the organisations involved. Tony shares the couple's frustration. 

My husband's life ended so well, thanks to the NHS

29 June 2011
Kate with husband Bill

My husband Bill died in the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital in August 2008.

He had been diagnosed with emphysema and fibrosis of the lungs in the autumn of the previous year, and was being treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

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