Dying Matters Awareness Week is over for another year, although there are still events happening for the rest of the month and over the summer - click here for details. On behalf of all of the Dying Matters team here at Hospice UK, let me say a big thank you to everybody who has been involved this
The death of a pet is a very challenging event in a young child’s life and they need guidance from their teachers, parents or grandparents to help them make sense of this loss.
Routine. The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death, and the circumstances of
Poems by Alice Willitts.
Alice Willitts has written about the experience of losing her mother to Lewy Body Dementia. Alice says, “Dying from dementia is like having the exquisite machine of your life taken apart into all it’s tiny parts, only to drop them into the bin.
by Emma Clare
“I’m just in the bath, make yourself at home I’ll be down shortly!”, came the voice from upstairs. I checked my notes for this call, my first to Stanley’s after he returned home from hospital with a care package for a morning and evening visit. The
Dr Claire F Smith, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Everyone wants their life and death to having meaning, for some this is provided by giving their own body in death to science. In our life time we are all grateful to the medical and allied health profession who help us; it may be a GP
Have you ever had one of those days where one phone call changes the pattern of the rest of your life?
That happened to me on 19th December 2011 when I received a call from my Dad explaining that Mum was in severe pain. A few weeks later she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Then to add to that
by Gemma Allen, Dying Matters Dudley/ The Mary Stevens Hospice
Why is talking about death and dying such an uncomfortable topic?
Why we are happy to share birth stories with near strangers, yet not speak openly about end of life wishes?
Is it the fear of upsetting others, or
Norwich School are welcoming pupils in Year 8, 9 and 10 across our region to take part in a creative writing project in partnership with Dying Matters. Young people are invited to produce a piece of writing as a response to the prompt “I Wish We’d Spoken Earlier”.
By Gary Andrews
I was an only child and both my parents died by the time I was 31. It was too soon to lose them but I grieved in the ‘normal’ way and life went on. A few years later I met and married Joy, the woman of my dreams: tall, funny, kind clever and beautiful - I had
This blog post is written from an American perspective. If you or anyone you know are in the New York area, then East End Doula Care can provide support
by Susan Capurso
What is an End of life doula? A doula is an ancient Greek word meaning to “Serve – Practically,