In September 2012, David Fitzgerald's father died in hospital after a heart attack. His death was sudden and unexpected. In the time following, David experienced intense grief, leading to dark times and family difficulties. Writing on the first anniversary of his father's death, David
She may be a self-proclaimed "born and bred Essex girl", but Beth Lloyd-Williams' father hails from North Wales and his first language is Welsh. Beth, pictured right, project officer for Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care, shares her experience of attending
After the doctor said, “I am sorry but Jean has dementia-Alzheimer's,” Jean, my wife of 38 years, gently squeezed my hand and we left in silence. At home I said to her: “We are no different now to what we were two hours ago,” but inside my stomach was churning. What
Jolene Crawford, part of the team behind the recent Culture Show Special on renowned photographer Rankin's exhibition ALIVE: In the Face of Death, writes about how being involved in the project was her "dream job" and helped her face her own fears about mortality (Jolene is pictured
Tony and Dorothy Bonser, of Hoghton, near Preston, lost their 35-year-old son Neil, pictured below, to cancer. In the four years since, they have periodically received communications for Neil, despite having informed the organisations involved. Tony shares the couple's frustration.
Rachel Hawthorn is shaving her head to raise money for a cause she believes in: Dying Matters. In her blog post, Rachel, displaying the hair she'll soon lose, right, shares the reasons behind her gutsy decision.
In January of this year, myself and a number of others from Hebden
My name is Kate, I’m 25 years old and I have a will and a funeral plan.
I might seem rather young to be worrying about such things, but I have learnt the hard way that wills really do matter and not having one can leave your family in the lurch.
In 2010 I was a carefree
They may not be giving Costa Coffee a run for its money just yet, but Death Cafés are a rapidly growing trend worldwide.
Bournemouth University Journalism student Sophie Marsden, left, who is currently working on a multi-media project exploring society's changing attitude towards
Joanna Black, Dying Matters and National Council for Palliative Care Community Involvement Manager, shares an inspirational morning planning for the future with the Lewisham Pensioners' Forum.
I love working with Lewisham Pensioners' Forum and spending time with Kerry, who supports
Funeral photographer Rachel Wallace, who appeared on BBC2's 'Dead Good Job' recently, talks about what inspired her to take up her work, and how it feels to occasionally be met with "shock and revulsion".
I was delighted when BBC2 approached me recently to appear in their