Palliative Care

The Elephant in the Room

23 October 2014

The Elephant in the Room is a four-day event in Wales aimed at informing, engaging and inspiring the public on all aspects of end of life, writes Antonia Rolls. 

Death and dying is not an easy subject to consider. Finding a way to talk about these subjects with those we need to is often difficult; even alarming. Death is often considered the elephant in the room.

"Unbreakable" sisters take on triathlon in dad's memory

24 July 2014

When their dad, Les, died suddenly in July 2013, just five weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, the lives of his five children were turned upside down. Les was the keystone of the family: kind, gentle, fun-loving and adored. In the midst of their devastation, three of his children, Claire, Megan and Sarah, decided to do something positive to honour their dad's memory while raising money for Dying Matters' lead charity, the National Council of Palliative Care (NCPC).

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.  

St John's Hospice, where passion and innovation meet

22 August 2014

The Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, has developed a high profile for its award-winning Partnership in Excellence Palliative Support (PEPS) service, which has most recently been nominated for an NHS Patient Safety Award. Jo Burnham (pictured below, far right, with St John's Hospice staff), Head of Stakeholder Relations for the National Council for Palliative Care, the lead charity of Dying Matters, visited St John’s to find out more.

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