Tony Bonser

Coalition members support bereaved people at Christmas

28 January 2015

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" So the song goes. But the festive season can be anything but festive for someone who has suffered a close bereavement, whether it occurred recently or years ago.  For many, their loved one's absence is felt more keenly when the rest of the world appears to be celebrating in merry oblivion. 

#BereavedAtXmas - Tony and Dorothy's experience

28 January 2015

Dying Matters and end of life care champions Tony and Dorothy Bonser spent Christmas at home for the first time since their son, Neil, died six years ago. Tony describes the experience, and how #BereavedAtXmas helped. 

The universal impact of grief

9 September 2014

Dying Matters champions Tony and Dorothy Bonser, together with film-maker and healthcare chaplain Kathleen LaCamera, travelled to New Hampshire this summer to lead workshops on dying, death and bereavement at Camp Winni, a retreat on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee which celebrates family and friendship. Tony and Dorothy share their experiences of a week that turned a fundamental cultural assumption - that Americans can discuss everything openly, including grief - on its head.

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. 

Right person, right time, right place

1 August 2011

I was at a “Meet Macmillan” conference a few days ago. OTony and Dorothy Bonserur family has a lot to thank Macmillan for. It was a Macmillan nurse who made it possible for our son, Neil, to die in his own home, and that is why my wife, Dorothy, and I (right) are fund-raisers for Macmillan.

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