Dying Matters tribute to Jon Underwood

29 June 2017
Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Cafe Movement in the UK, has died suddenly at the age of 44.

Jon liked to think of himself as a Death Activist. Between his work for Death Cafes and his contribution for Dying Matters, this could not have been more true. His work, passion and commitment to death activism was invaluable. He also built and managed Funeral Advisor in association with the Natural Death Centre Charity and ran Impermanence.

Best Practice in care coordination for palliative and end of life care services: information for commissioners

19 June 2017
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have released new information for commissioners

 ‘Best Practice in care coordination for palliative and end of life care services: information for commissioners’ is an information resource to support commissioners in designing and contracting optimal care coordination systems for their local areas.

Comment on BBC programme A Time to Live

18 May 2017
Dying Matters has welcomed the BBC Two programme A Time to Live, which told the stories of 12 people living with life-limiting conditions

Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for Dying Matters, said "Talking about our priorities and wishes for the end of our lives is an essential part of life planning, and can help make sure that the things that are important to us and those close to us actually happen. This is not about managing decline, but about making sure we can live as well as possible right until the end of our lives.

Most people would be willing to give injections to improve quality of life for a dying person

8 May 2017
• Majority of people say they would be willing to offer practical help to friends and neighbours dealing with death, dying and bereavement. • Six in ten say they would feel comfortable giving a pain-relief injection to someone who was dying and wanted to stay at home, after receiving training and with doctor or nurse supervision the first few times. • Only 16% think caring for the dying is only a matter for professional health and social care workers • Dying Matters Awareness Week runs May 8-14

Dying Matters research found that 39% of British adults say they would feel comfortable giving a pain-relief injection to someone who was dying and wanted to stay home, after receiving some training and with no additional support. This rises to 61% with doctor or nurse supervision the first few times. The opinion poll was undertaken by ComRes in April 2017.

NCPC and Hospice UK boards agree to begin process of merger

31 March 2017
On Wednesday 29 March, the trustee boards of both Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) agreed to work towards the merger of the two organisations. The process of due diligence and formal merger agreement is being taken forward from today.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, will become the Acting CEO of NCPC from May 31st during the interim period before a merger is agreed. Hospice UK also announced that Claire Henry MBE, current Chief Executive of NCPC, will be joining the Hospice UK team as Director of Improvement and Transformation in June this year. 

Dying Matters welcomes Rio Ferdinand programme on grief

28 March 2017
Dying Matters has welcomed BBC One's documentary Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad in helping explore grief, loss, and how we can all help each other cope with bereavement.

Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for Dying Matters, said “Thank you to Rio Ferdinand for talking so openly about how hard he and his children found it to talk about their grief and emotions after Rebecca had died, and the difference it made once they were able to do so. It’s so important to the grieving process that people are able to talk about their feelings, and we can all help each other do that. If we know anyone who has been bereaved, we shouldn’t hold back for fear of saying the wrong thing.

Winners announced for 2017 NCPC awards

22 February 2017
The National Council for Palliative Care has announced the winners for its 2017 awards. The awards were announced at the NCPC’s 25th anniversary event at the House of Lords on 22 February.


Over 90 entries were received for the four categories. The awards were presented by Joan, Baroness Bakewell, and Ilora, Baroness Finlay, chair of the NCPC trustees.

The winners were:

Bereavement Project of the Year - Recognising innovative projects supporting people during bereavement – Islington Bereavement Service

 

 

Top three finalists in each category for NCPC Awards released

14 February 2017
The top three finalists for each category for the NCPC Awards have been released.

New competition challenges people to photograph "the toughest subject"

25 October 2016
A new fundraising photography competition is challenging individuals across the country to take and submit images that Celebrate Life in the Face of Death. The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers, and the deadline for entries is 18 December 2016. The Judging panel includes the acclaimed photographer Rankin.

Funeral debt

19 October 2016
Dying Matters has responded to the Royal London report on funeral debt

Insurance company Royal London has released its annual National Funeral Cost Index. The report found that funeral debt has reached £147 million, and that the average cost of a funeral in Britain has reached £3,675. 

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