Dying Matters Podcast - Season 2
For the first episode of our new season, we're talking to Dr Rachel Clarke, a palliative care doctor and former journalist who gained widespread notoriety as a leading campaigner in the junior doctors dispute of 2016.
We chat to Rachel about what it's like to be a doctor who works with dying people every day, and why she believes it's so important for all of us to talk more openly about death and dying.
Follow Rachel @doctor_oxford
Rachel's book: 'Your Life in My Hands'
Gary Andrews didn't expect to have to face the fact of death as soon as he did. He was away on a business trip when his wife Joy died suddenly, and he and his two children had to face grief head on.
As an illustrator and an animator, Gary had already been working on a 'Doodle a Day' series to share with friends and family. After Joy died, the drawings became a way to for him to process his grief and chronicle his new life as a widower. They've been viewed by thousands of people on social media.
Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyscribbler
What can you learn from watching thousands of people die? When Dr Kathryn Mannix asked herself that question, she realised that she had a lot to offer beyond the normal scope of her job as a palliative care doctor, caring for people at the end of life.
With four decades of clinical practice, Kathryn is uniquely placed to tell us what it is actually like to die, and in her book 'With the End in Mind', makes the case for approaching death not with fear, but with openness and understanding.
Follow Kathryn on Twitter: @drkathrynmannix
Greg Wise is well known as an actor and producer, but recently he took up another occupation: trying to get people to talk more about death and dying.
In this podcast, Greg shares his experience of becoming a full-time carer for his sister, Claire, after she was diagnosed with cancer, and what he learned from sitting by her bedside as she died.
Greg's book: Not That Kind of Love
Kevin Toolis has spent much of his career dealing with death, formerly as a journalist reporting and making films from conflict zones, but recently he started interrogating death and dying in a very personal way.
He used his experiences with death to write ‘My Father’s Wake’, and reflect on how embracing the Irish way of dealing with death might help us to face our own mortality without fear.
Kevin's book: 'My Father's Wake'