By Stephanie Owens
Hallowe’en, or Samhain (Sao-win) as it is known to Pagans, is the final harvest of the year and Pagan New Year. It is traditionally a time to remember the dead and honour our ancestors. It is when the “veil” between the world of the living and the
By Sophia Zupanc.
Before being named a 2019 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Sophia worked in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Institute and as a hospice volunteer while completing her undergraduate education at Wellesley College. Sophia can be found on
By Sonal Dave
WHAT INDIAN RITUALS CAN I INCLUDE IN A CELEBRANT FUNERAL?
As an Asian celebrant, I am fortunate to have knowledge of many Asian cultures as well as the knowledge of Gujarati and basic Hindi. I am also able to sing in Gujarati and Hindi plus fortunately
by James Harrison/Mr Undertaker
Talking about death is seen as one of the final taboos. Time and again research shows that we, the British public are very reluctant to talk about death or think about our own funeral. Why should we? As funeral directors we
Rachel Smith, Co-founder of Lifefyle, talks about life admin and how organising your life not only lightens your mental load, but has the added benefit of being a comfort and help to your family in the event of your death.
If your world has been shattered by the death of the person
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