Author and psychotherapist Sue Brayne, pictured below, is bringing her expertise to the UK’s waterway network via series of pop-up Death Cafes. She tells Dying Matters why a narrowboat makes the perfect venue for contemplating your mortality.
I fell in love with the UK’s
Solicitor and Dying Matters trustee Gary Rycroft says increased interaction between health care providers and the legal system around the Mental Capacity Act would hugely benefit people approaching the end of life.
For me, the law is all about empowerment and the freedom of
Hilary Robinson is the author of more than 40 books for young children. Her book, The Copper Tree, was the first of a series of picture-books tackling challenging social issues such as prejudice, adoption and bereavement. In a blog first posted on PictureBookDen, Hilary talks about how she drew on
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" So the song goes. But the festive season can be anything but festive for someone who has suffered a close bereavement, whether it occurred recently or years ago. For many, their loved one's absence is felt more keenly when the
Kate Ibbeson, founder of the support group Sheffield Cancer Mafia, blogs about how the #BereavedAtXmas initiative came about and the varied range of people who linked in to support it.
#BereavedAtXmas ran for the second time on Twitter on Christmas Day 2014. This idea came about just before
Dying Matters and end of life care champions Tony and Dorothy Bonser spent Christmas at home for the first time since their son, Neil, died six years ago. Tony describes the experience, and how #BereavedAtXmas helped.
Merry Christmas. We’ve heard it so often that it stops being a
Phil Isherwood, pictured, right, with a patient at Bolton Hospice, where he is a volunteer poet, discusses the potential for poetry to boost patients' psychological wellbeing in hospice settings. Phil is also a research student at the University of Bolton, writing a thesis on ‘
Kate Ibbeson lost both her mum and dad to cancer within just ten months. Since their deaths, Kate, from Walkley, Sheffield, has set up Sheffield Cancer Mafia, an informal support group that aims to bring together people with cancer, cancer survivors, carers, family, friends and those who have lost
Mireille Hayden set up end of life care training company Gentle Dusk following family disagreement about what was best for her mother, who died suddenly without having made any end of life plans. Mireille now devotes herself to ensuring others don't have to go through what her family
When Cherri's fiancé Bryan died suddenly, she went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral. But remarkably, Bryan had discussed his end of life wishes with her the evening before he died, so Cherri knew what plans to make. She shares her story.
My fiancé of 15 months