Dying Matters Chair Gary Rycroft, a solicitor based in Lancaster, considers the lessons we can learn from the death of David Bowie, who planned his death with the same meticulousness that he planned his brilliant career, dying peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.
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Jon Underwood is the founder of Death Cafe, a fast-growing movement which sees people gathering to eat, drink and discuss death. Influenced by the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, the goal of Death Cafe is to create a safe environment where people feel comfortable talking about the one
On 14 December 2012, Scarlett Lewis' son Jesse, six, was shot dead alongside 19 other six and seven-year-old children and six teaching staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut. They were murdered by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, a deeply troubled and mentally ill young man who was obsessed
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Over the last four years, filmmaker Amy Hardie has been visiting Strathcarron Hospice in Scotland. The
Dr Philippa Bayley is manager of Bristol University's Cabot Institute, which develops multidisciplinary research programmes to tackle the challenges of environmental change. In a break from her University role she is organising 'When Death Comes: Creative conversations about dying and
Emily McLaren runs her own travel and fitness blog, www.bordersandburpees.co.uk. While carrying out research into how businesses use crowdfunding recently, she became aware of a growing trend in people using crowdfunding to help finance their loved ones' funerals. Emily blogs for us
We may give generously to charity as a nation, but when it comes to our Wills very few of us make provision for our favourite causes. With legacies a vital source of income for voluntary organisations, Remember a Charity Campaigns Officer Louise Pavoni urges us to consider including a charity
Heather Kennedy works for anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action (QSA) on their Fair Funerals campaign. She believes that bereaved people on low incomes have been forgotten for too long, saying: "If the government and the funeral industry are going to tackle funeral poverty, it will be
Mayfest is Bristol's unique annual festival of contemporary theatre. As part of the fourth Public Health & Palliative Care International Conference, which takes place in Bristol from 13-15 May, and to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week (18 - 24 May), Mayfest this
Karin Jashapara (pictured) is the founder of the Play of Light theatre company, which uses shadow puppets to prompt dialogue about dying and death. Ahead of two performances of her play 'Death in a Nut' during Dying Matters Awareness Week (18-24 May 2015), Karin talks about her latest