After 55 years of marriage, our world was shattered when my husband, Melvin, was diagnosed with Mesothilioma.
We were desperately unhappy, not knowing how to cope. However, following the intervention of our GP, Melvin was admitted to St. David’s Hospice in Llandudno, Wales, where all his
Vanessa Shaw, Palliative Care Educator, Bolton PCT (aka the Bolton Blogger), on how Bolton staff used comedy to encourage dialogue about death during Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Bolton PCT staff Carmel Wiseman and Sharon France, above, during Dying Matters Awareness Week
I was at a “Meet Macmillan” conference a few days ago. Our family has a lot to thank Macmillan for. It was a Macmillan nurse who made it possible for our son, Neil, to die in his own home, and that is why my wife, Dorothy, and I (right) are fund-raisers for Macmillan. Not in any sense
My husband Bill died in the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital in August 2008.
He had been diagnosed with emphysema and fibrosis of the lungs in the autumn of the previous year, and was being treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
His prognosis was not good but we embarked
Nell Dunn is a distinguished writer whose work includes the award-winning play Steaming, as well as several novels including Up the Junction, which was directed for TV by Ken Loach. Her latest play, Home Death, is based on moving true-life accounts of people dealing with the death of their loved
I remember when I was young, lying awake at night and being scared of dying. I wasn’t scared of any pain that may be involved in my death, what scared me was the thought of not being able to do all the things I wanted to, simple things at that age - not being around to play football with my
An article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday advised on the right and wrong things to say to someone grieving for a loved one. Like most of us, I struggle to find the right words. Years ago I remember watching a TV drama where the hero, an unutterably cool Irishman, shook the hands of mourners
‘Let’s make sure nobody dies home and alone this Christmas’ On 20 December the Dying Matters Coalition launched its Christmas Campaign to highlight the seasonal dangers to people who are home alone this Christmas. Dying alone is a tragedy at any time of year but particularly at
The Day of the Dead took place earlier this week, on 2nd November. Traditionally, it is the day when, for Mexicans, the souls of dead loved ones are invited back to visit the living. Communities across Mexico - and Mexican communities elsewhere – gather together to remember dead relatives and
Life is always interesting when you work as a funeral director. No two days are the same. My job, at the most basic level, is to make funeral arrangements and treat a deceased person released into our care with the utmost respect. But any undertaker will also tell you that the career is a vocation