By Dr Helen Frisby
It’s symptomatic of odd times that I suddenly find myself in agreement with a Tory minister; specifically, Health Minister Matt Hancock’s words on 15 April that “wanting to be with someone at the end of their life is one of the deepest human instincts.
Over the past decade, families have very gradually started to move away from a traditional funeral, (church, crematorium followed by pub, hotel or village hall.) However, since the onset of Covid 19, many many more people have found themselves considering other options as they weren
By Frank Meilack at Memoria
For most businesses, the outbreak of Covid-19 has had a profound impact, and it will take time for most to recover once the virus has been defeated and things return to normal. However, the funeral industry hasn’t been shut down by coronavirus unlike
This blog post from the team at Hugh James outlines the importance of planning and what will happen should a dispute over burial occurs.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for disagreements to arise between family members and loved ones including over funeral arrangements, burial
Originally published on Together for Short Lives
The Good Grief Project presents a lockdown conversation between bereaved mothers Jane Harris and Lizzie Pickering about the world they find themselves in following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Part one: Isolation
Dr Caroline Shulman
Up until COVID-19 reared its grim and terrifying head, I was working on a project evaluating the impact of twinning hostels with palliative care teams, in an attempt to address the severe health inequities and lack of access to high quality palliative care for people
What’s the worst thing to say to someone who has recently been bereaved? According to poll we commissioned from Savanta ComRes, 72% of people bereaved in the last five years would rather someone said something – even the wrong thing – than nothing at
Niamh Brophy & Andrew Knee
Though death happens to everyone, many of us have not spoken to anyone about our concerns, fears or wishes when it comes to our end of life. Death is a difficult conversation to have at the best of times, but what if you have ill health
Four weeks ago, and reacting to a real need from people we are in contact with, we set up our free telephone responder line. End of Life Doulas are holding the space on a rota from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week and we are available too outside these hours for
The BBC has reported that an upsurge in the demand for wills, coupled with a need to abide by Covid-19 social distancing requirements has led to “wills being signed on car bonnets”:
And I can attest that this is not fake news, having recently witnessed