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Why I Can't Yet Listen To David Bowie's Black Star Album

Karin Sieger | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karin Sieger

My intuition tells me, I am not yet ready to listen to David Bowie's Black Star album. Something else has to be done first.

The Passing Of A Warrior Woman

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

This morning, I sat at my computer and cried. I had just read the passing of someone called Joyce Tan Siew Ling who lived in Malaysia. Now, I am not the type to mourn the passing of lives from this world to the next. After all, we are all here on borrowed time, and Death was the only thing that was ever promised to us at birth. It comes to us all sooner or later.

It Is Time To Have A Conversation About End Of Life Care

Shaun Bailey | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Shaun Bailey

Many people will struggle to get the care that they need as they approach the end of their life. According to Marie Curie, between now and 2020, approximately 250,000 people will die in London. We need to ensure that everyone who needs end of life care can expect to receive a high level of care that is personalised, coordinated, and sensitive to the needs of those around the patient as they enter their final months, weeks and days.

Who Would You Like to Be There When You Die?

Karin Sieger | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Currently, the three people I would like to reach out to, say goodbye to and make peace with before I die, they have gone before me. They are dead. No more explanations. But I am taking their memories with me into every new day. I am trying to avoid repeats by speaking the truth and asking for the truth, even if I do not get an answer, even if the answer hurts.

Dying, Death, Grief; Repeat

Julia David | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia David

I cannot help but turn to the cliché that the only certainty in life is death. Everywhere, every day, people encounter the dying and have to deal with death. My father's death last month gave me a genuine understanding of the phrase 'a peaceful death'.

Happy Endings

Mark Robins | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Robins

I wrote in December about doing Christmas brilliantly. I hope everyone did and had a great time. Part of that ramble was saying that Christmas is an opportunity to end the year well and start a new one well. Ending something well has become a bit of a theme over the last few weeks for a number of reasons.

It's Time the Well Stop Telling the Dying How to Die

Bex Felton | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Bex Felton

When my dad first asked us to bring him a Brompton cocktail after two months in the same bed at the specialist respiratory ward, we figured he'd final...

American WWII Veteran's Tearful Plea

Yumiko Sato | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

After the funeral I said good-bye to George and thanked him for sharing his memories with me. He shook my hand tightly. His eyes were filled with tears.

What We Can Learn From the Dying

Yumiko Sato | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As a hospice music therapist I've met many people whose lives were well lived. But unfortunately, not everyone lives a fulfilled life. Even so, every dying person has something to teach the living.

You Only Die Once - Why Dying Matters

Joe Levenson | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK
Joe Levenson

Whether it's through writing a will, making financial plans, planning for our future care and support including through making a Lasting Power of Attorney, or deciding whether we want to join the organ donor, all of us can increase the likelihood of getting our wishes met and reduce the chances of life after our death becoming even more difficult for the people we care about.

There Are Always Options for Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Leigh Kendall | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

The distinction in Hugo's care between 'there being no hope' and 'no further treatment' being worthwhile with 'nothing more can be done' is crucial. Nothing more could be done to save Hugo's life, but we were able to give him a good death.

On Life, Death... And Grandmothers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

It's Autumn, well and truly. Equinox fell the weekend before last. Autumn is always new year in my heart. Not for me the arbitrariness of a new year in January when the Northern Hemisphere is in darkness. Rather, Autumn, when the air is full of life and death, possibilities and change. That's my new year.

Is It Depressing to Work at Hospice?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Is it depressing to work at hospice? As a music therapist specializing in hospice I've been asked this question many times before. I can understand ...

What NOT to Say to Those In Grief: A Lesson From Seven-Year-Olds

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

It was seven years ago that I lost my first husband in a tragic plane crash. At the time I was a second grade teacher and just the other day I came across the letters that my students wrote after his death.

Contemplating Death on a Sunny Day in Spain

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

Recently I have felt the same way when I see a mature tree being felled. I need to turn away in case I catch a  grimace in its great barked face, sometimes I even think I hear a cry under the buzz of the saw.

Living With Mortality: The Legacy of Cancer

Jane Sarluis | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Sarluis

Oncology season is approaching again. Next month, I will arrive with sweaty palms and dry mouth at the hospital which summons supressed fear the moment the A-road heralds the big 'H' signpost.

Clive James: When You Know You Are Dying Yet Feel 'Sentenced to Life'

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

How do we deal with terminal or life-shortening illness? What do we do, if it is us, a loved one or someone we know? There is no off-the-shelf answer; there is no simple solution. It is a journey we may find ourselves on unexpectedly and unprepared, or we may already be on the way, knowingly or unknowingly.

More Must be Done to Support Bereaved People

Joe Levenson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Joe Levenson

Every minute someone in Britain dies, and almost half of us report having been bereaved in the last five years. Yet society's response, often falls short - making it even harder for people to come to terms with the loss of someone close to them.

Your Dementia Is Killing Me

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

While we do not have the disease, our own lives can become overshadowed and change. We may lose part of ourselves (hopes, aspirations, freedom, love and support) and a level of being care-free: without having to worry, without having to care for another.

Death and Tech

Georgia LA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Georgia LA

Artificial intelligence can tweet as if you were still here. And we've definitely developed the technology to create functioning holograms of the deceased, it's just the ethics of turning the proposition into a business...

New End of Life Care Report Shows No Room for Complacency

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Marie Curie works on its own and in partnership with a wide range of NHS, public and voluntary sector organisations to tackle many of the challenges highlighted in today's report. We want everyone, wherever they live to be able to have a 'good death', provided with the care they want and need, with support available for them and their families.

We Need to Talk More Openly About Dying

Joe Levenson | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Levenson

If we were all able to discuss our end of life wishes and make plans in a more confident and better-informed way it's likely we would see huge improvements in people's experiences at such an important time for them and those close to them and that we would be less scared of dying.

Life, Death and the Greatest Regret

Steven Bartlett | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Steven Bartlett

It is all too easy to let your true ambitions, your dreams and consequently yourself, be consumed by the expectations of others, by life's pressures and by fear of failure. This however; is no excuse to surrender. I often say that mistakes are things I did and regrets are things I didn't do.

Bieber, Thatcher and Dealing with Death

Simon Cohen | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cohen

Justin Bieber raised eyebrows this week at the Anne Frank museum, when he said he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a 'belieber'. With news...

Death Shouldn't Mean Debt

Simon Cox | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cox

Although too often an afterthought, end of life costs should form a central part of this planning; a loved one passing away is a difficult enough time as it is, unattended and unexpected financial costs should not add further upset at a time when loved ones are grieving.