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18 May 2017
Dying Matters has welcomed the BBC Two programme A Time to Live, which told the stories of 12 people living with life-limiting conditions
24 May 2010
Dying young and leaving your children to grow up without your love and guidance is a nightmare most parents daren't even contemplate. But that was the chilling prospect facing devoted 45-yearold father of two Bruce Feiler when he was told a seven-inch cancerous tumour was growing in his thigh. At the time his twin daughters Eden and Tybee were just three years old and the terror of facing his own death was overshadowed by his fears for his girls' futures.
24 May 2010
My father Donald was huge, controversial and handsome. He was also a practical man; as a farmer and an atheist he had little time for excessive emotion or superstition. When diagnosed in his mid-60s with terminal cancer his approach was no-nonsense: cue black humour and frank discussion. Dad was dying, not ‘passing on’. ‘The carcass is an unattractive thing, you won’t want mine hanging around. I’m giving it away to medical science,’ he informed me.
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.

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