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31 March 2017
On Wednesday 29 March, the trustee boards of both Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) agreed to work towards the merger of the two organisations. The process of due...
20 May 2010
The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued guidance for doctors on having the difficult conversations that are crucial to good end-of-life care. The guidance acknowledges that this area can be extremely challenging; but stresses that that open communication is vital to ensuring patients get the care they want, in the setting they want to receive it. Dying Matters welcomes the guidance, and congratulates the GMC on its work to encourage greater openness around issues of death and dying.
20 May 2010
Doctors are being urged to discuss end-of-life care with the terminally ill well in advance of their final days.
13 May 2010
Imagine a close relative suffered a sudden, violent death. Would you want to see the body? A new study has concluded that relatives should always be given the choice - no matter what condition the body may be in. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, has studied the psychological effects on relatives after viewing the body of a loved one killed in traumatic circumstances.
23 March 2010
ACT, the leading UK children's palliative care charity, has launched a week of events and activities which focus on talking about death, dying and bereavement. The week’s events will include promoting ACT’s new Prompts for care in the last days of a child’s life, a resource which is designed to help professionals think about the key things to plan and discuss with families and children to help them have the best possible end of life. Download a copy here www.act.org.uk/prompts
15 March 2010
Failure to discuss death and dying hinders effective care planning in Britain
6 March 2010
Lucien Hudson says that only a serious consideration of death frees us to enjoy and marvel at the life we have
24 February 2010
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the leading representative body for independent care providers, is delighted to announce the formation of a strategic partnership between themselves and the Dying Matters Coalition, an initiative by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), which aims to promote public awareness around dying, death and bereavement.
10 February 2010
New research, commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition, shows that less than a third (29%) of people have discussed their wishes around dying and only four per cent have written advance care plans, despite the fact that more than two thirds (68%) of people questioned say they are comfortable talking about death.
9 February 2010
The Church of England has joined nearly 7000 organisations in the national Dying Matters Coalition. Led by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), working closely with the Department of Health (DH) and other key stakeholders, the coalition aims to promote public awareness around death, dying and bereavement.

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