Since his daughter Melissa’s death from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008, Ian Leech has worked to raise awareness of end of life and bereavement care.
Melissa was diagnosed the day after her 20th birthday and died less than a year later. Since then, Ian has raised more than £20
Australian author Maureen Meredith gathered together her experience of losing loved ones, most significantly her son, to write her book 'Onwards and Upwards – Strategies for Grieving and Supporting'.
Losing a child, no matter what age, is the worst thing that can happen to a
Robyn Stitt is a complementary therapist, specialising in Kinesiology, who has also worked as a radiation therapist for more than 25 years. She has recently begun volunteering in the complementary care section of her local hospice and palliative care service in South Australia, where she lives. Her
Jane MacGeorge, Director of Clinical Services at Mary Potter Hospice in New Zealand, embarked on a fact finding tour of UK hospices this summer in order to inform and support her work. Jane, pictured, centre, at St Catherine's Hospice, Crawley, with Lisa, left, a nurse and
In September 2012, David Fitzgerald's father died in hospital after a heart attack. His death was sudden and unexpected. In the time following, David experienced intense grief, leading to dark times and family difficulties. Writing on the first anniversary of his father's death, David
She may be a self-proclaimed "born and bred Essex girl", but Beth Lloyd-Williams' father hails from North Wales and his first language is Welsh. Beth, pictured right, project officer for Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care, shares her experience of attending
After the doctor said, “I am sorry but Jean has dementia-Alzheimer's,” Jean, my wife of 38 years, gently squeezed my hand and we left in silence. At home I said to her: “We are no different now to what we were two hours ago,” but inside my stomach was churning. What
Jolene Crawford, part of the team behind the recent Culture Show Special on renowned photographer Rankin's exhibition ALIVE: In the Face of Death, writes about how being involved in the project was her "dream job" and helped her face her own fears about mortality (Jolene is pictured
Tony and Dorothy Bonser, of Hoghton, near Preston, lost their 35-year-old son Neil, pictured below, to cancer. In the four years since, they have periodically received communications for Neil, despite having informed the organisations involved. Tony shares the couple's frustration.
Rachel Hawthorn is shaving her head to raise money for a cause she believes in: Dying Matters. In her blog post, Rachel, displaying the hair she'll soon lose, right, shares the reasons behind her gutsy decision.
In January of this year, myself and a number of others from Hebden