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29 June 2017
Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Cafe Movement in the UK, has died suddenly at the age of 44.
3 July 2010
The importance of compassion and dignity in dying will be discussed at a conference in Devon next week. Doctors, nurses, health and social care professionals as well as hospice teams, the voluntary sector, charities and funeral directors are due join members of the public at the Dying Matters conference. The event has been organised by NHS Devon and will see the beginning of discussions to inform the development of a joint agency End of Life strategy. There are more than 8,000 deaths in Devon every year.
8 June 2010
SHE may have only been in the job five days but new Prospect Hospice chief executive Angela Jordan is already looking forward to what she calls “the hands-on job ahead”. The 50-year-old, former deputy CEO of the National Osteoporosis Society, replaces Vicki Morrey, who left Prospect on March 31 after six years at the helm. She is now planning to put her own stamp on the organisation and promote the national dying matters agenda, improving services and public taboos surrounding death.
25 May 2010
When Jeanette Caroline Pickersgill of Regent's Park, London, was cremated on March 26 1885, the end of her life was marked with a flourish of sorts - she was the first person to be legally cremated in Britain.
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

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