Dying Matters champion Tony Bonser shares his very personal diary from Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014
The week started far too early, with a taxi outside our house at 5.30am on Monday to take us to the BBC studios at Media City, Salford. Although actually it had really started the
As readers of this blog will know, Dying Matters Awareness Week has just ended, and at the Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) we were particularly interested in Dying Matters research findings that showed, among other things, that the vast majority (83%) of the public believe that people in
A Graceful Death is a powerful exhibition by Antonia Rolls which uses portraits, poems, interviews, film and music inspired by people who are dying to prompt conversations about the end of life. Kate Granger, a terminally ill doctor and writer who on Monday gives the Dying Matters lecture, is one
Victoria Moore and Morag Cormack are co-founders of the world's first iPhone Legacy Organiser, which lets users record how they would like to be remembered and to plan ahead for their funeral and farewell. The app is being used by the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted to help facilitate
Tony and Dorothy Bonser's son, Neil (pictured, further down the page, at his graduation), died of cancer in March 2009. In the years since, the couple have become heavily involved in campaigning for improvements to end of life care, and are Dying Matters champions. Tony, a retired
Annecy Lax, creative producer of the Ice & Fire theatre company, tells us about their latest production, The Nine O'Clock Slot, which she co-wrote. The play pulls together stories about those who die with neither funds nor loved ones to pay for their funeral.
“When I am
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