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End of life care plans provide relief and healing

5 April 2016

As professionals we always think of advance care planning as providing choice and control to patients while enabling us to deliver the best care at the end of life. The reality of working with someone on their advance care plan shows that the impact is even greater, writes Mireille Hayden, Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk

Making death speakable

14 March 2016

When Dr Mark Taubert, right, wrote an open letter of thanks to David Bowie following the singer's death, he had no idea of the international attention it would receive. The letter was shared countless times, featured in innumerable media reports and even prompted Bowie's son Duncan Jones to break his Twitter silence to share it.

The lessons we can learn from David Bowie's death

22 January 2016

Dying Matters Chair Gary Rycroft, a solicitor based in Lancaster, considers the lessons we can learn from the death of David Bowie, who planned his death with the same meticulousness that he planned his brilliant career, dying peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.  

Real Death Cafe to launch in London

20 October 2015

Jon Underwood is the founder of Death Cafe, a fast-growing movement which sees people gathering to eat, drink and discuss death. Influenced by the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, the goal of Death Cafe is to create a safe environment where people feel comfortable talking about the one common fate awaiting us all.  What started in Jon’s basement has swiftly grown into an international phenomenon, with numerous events worldwide.

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’. 

Past, Present and… Future Matters

25 November 2014

Mirielle running a workshop Mireille Hayden set up end of life care training company Gentle Dusk following family disagreement about what was best for her mother, who died suddenly without having made any end of life plans. Mireille now devotes herself to ensuring others don't have to go through what her family did.

Right: Mireille (standing) delivering a Gentle Dusk workshop. 

The importance of funeral photography

11 October 2012

Rachel WallaceFuneral photographer Rachel Wallace, who appeared on BBC2's 'Dead Good Job' recently, talks about what inspired her to take up her work, and how it feels to occasionally be met with "shock and revulsion".

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