Death Amp Dying

On Life, Death... And Grandmothers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 03.10.2014 | 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.

When Someone Dies Too Young

Felicity A Morse | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity A Morse

When our friend Stevie rang us up to say he was ill and couldn't come down for the weekend we didn't think much of it. He'd been taken into hospital but was laughing about it with his usual dry wit. He'd rang us on Thursday. On Sunday he was dead. He was 24.

The Future Cemetery

Dr John Troyer | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Dr John Troyer

In April 2012, I started a new project that asked a not-so-easily-answered question related to both the past and future: What can 21st century cemeteries become?

Is Fear of Death Killing Compassion for Older People?

Jon Underwood | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics
Jon Underwood

The theory is that someone who is more OK about death would be better at looking after a dying person than someone that who is very scared. This makes sense, but the interesting thing is the amount of evidence for this.

Staff Shortage For Terminally Ill Revealed

PA | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Specialist care of the dying may be put at risk in the future because of a recruitment crisis, a health charity has warned. An agein...

Is Cancer Comedy the New Misery Memoir?

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

The classic Five Stages of Loss, also known as the Five Stages of Dying, are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Boredom, and Acceptance. Wait, that's six. Where does Boredom come into the picture? Answer: after about thirty minutes, if the picture in question is 50/50, the new 'Cancer Comedy.'

Why Losing Someone you Love Does not Have to be the end of the World

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Saying goodbye to a parent is the most difficult experience I have ever gone through. You never really know how hard it will be until it happens.

And Then There was Silence

Minimum Cover | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK
Minimum Cover

"Can you go straight out to an accident" said the skipper as I walked in the door at twenty-to-five clutching my lunch and a box of reduced price Asda cookies to share with the shift. I had, for once, had time to grab a treat (on the way to work) for us to munch on during parade but wasn't going to be able to join them to eat it.