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3 July 2020
Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and end of life care, is delighted to be joining forces and providing a new home for The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the leading provider of...
23 July 2010
In this months magazine of the Law Society Probate Section, Tony Collinson looks at how the Dying Matters Coalition could help practitioners support their clients through the difficult process of addressing and planning for their own deaths.
15 July 2010
Dying Matters Coalition today welcomes a report that places the UK at the top of an international league table rating End of Life Care provision. Dying Matters is calling for due attention to be paid to the report’s central theme that combating the taboos which continue to surround subjects of death and dying will be crucial to the improvement of palliative care.
13 July 2010
Mortality was a constant theme and inspiration in the work of the author Beryl Bainbridge. In one of her final pieces of writing, she reflects on the journey from light to darkness
12 July 2010
The actor Natascha McElhone was pregnant with her third child when her husband collapsed and died. She kept a diary of her loss and has now decided to publish it...
9 July 2010
A new review into the funding of palliative care was announced today by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, in a speech to the International Carers Conference in Leeds.
3 July 2010
The importance of compassion and dignity in dying will be discussed at a conference in Devon next week. Doctors, nurses, health and social care professionals as well as hospice teams, the voluntary sector, charities and funeral directors are due join members of the public at the Dying Matters conference. The event has been organised by NHS Devon and will see the beginning of discussions to inform the development of a joint agency End of Life strategy. There are more than 8,000 deaths in Devon every year.
8 June 2010
SHE may have only been in the job five days but new Prospect Hospice chief executive Angela Jordan is already looking forward to what she calls “the hands-on job ahead”. The 50-year-old, former deputy CEO of the National Osteoporosis Society, replaces Vicki Morrey, who left Prospect on March 31 after six years at the helm. She is now planning to put her own stamp on the organisation and promote the national dying matters agenda, improving services and public taboos surrounding death.
25 May 2010
When Jeanette Caroline Pickersgill of Regent's Park, London, was cremated on March 26 1885, the end of her life was marked with a flourish of sorts - she was the first person to be legally cremated in Britain.
24 May 2010
Dying young and leaving your children to grow up without your love and guidance is a nightmare most parents daren't even contemplate. But that was the chilling prospect facing devoted 45-yearold father of two Bruce Feiler when he was told a seven-inch cancerous tumour was growing in his thigh. At the time his twin daughters Eden and Tybee were just three years old and the terror of facing his own death was overshadowed by his fears for his girls' futures.
24 May 2010
My father Donald was huge, controversial and handsome. He was also a practical man; as a farmer and an atheist he had little time for excessive emotion or superstition. When diagnosed in his mid-60s with terminal cancer his approach was no-nonsense: cue black humour and frank discussion. Dad was dying, not ‘passing on’. ‘The carcass is an unattractive thing, you won’t want mine hanging around. I’m giving it away to medical science,’ he informed me.

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