End of Life

A Long Goodbye: When Dementia Takes Someone You Love

Jessica Hanson | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

Slowly, painfully slowly, the good days were fewer and fewer, and our visits mainly consisted of us trying to make conversation with someone who barely knew we were there. My grandma would dutifully feed him biscuits when we visited. A woman in the corner of the day room, with white hair that stood on end, screamed periodically like a crowing rooster. The nurses seemed kind.

Don't Kid Yourself - You Should Be Planning Your Funeral

Jessica Hanson | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

So why do people make these offhand comments? I think it's a way of denying our mortality. As much as we intellectually know that one day we will die, a deep part of our psyche is fighting that fact. When we say, "It doesn't matter", partly it's because we don't want to admit that one day, inevitably, it definitely will matter.

End Of Life Care In England's Hospitals Is 'Not Good Enough'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Friends and family are not being informed when a loved one is about to die in hospitals across England, a new audit has found. The review of care of 9...

Mum Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't know how long Mum has left. I know that she's tired, that she's been battling this illness for a long time and it's not a nice position to be in. We're lucky because we have an amazing network of friends around us who constantly offer lifts, food, hugs, and an ear.

The Cancer Strategy Can Put Us on the Right Track - But It Must Be Ambitious

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Yesterday's news that 70 per cent of people living with cancer also have at least one other long term condition is yet further confirmation that cancer is now a complex disease. And it is worrying news for a health and social care system which is already struggling to provide the cancer care that people deserve.

Introducing Free Social Care Would Be a Golden Opportunity - Don't Let it Pass by

Lynda Thomas | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Lynda Thomas

Introducing free social care at the end of life is a golden opportunity to improve people with cancer's last experiences, while simultaneously easing the strain on the NHS.

Assisted Dying and Religion

Bob Morgan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

I support the idea of the patient having the option to ask for a lethal dose of drugs to end that suffering - at least that is what I would like to have as an option should I find myself in that position.

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve End of Life Care for People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Everyone deserves care that works for them and their families at the end of their lives. However, we know that end of life care is not meeting the needs of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and we are in danger of failing to reach increasing numbers unless urgent steps are taken.

Helping Those Who Are Terminally Ill Receive the Care They Need at Home

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

The second reading of the Care Bill this week provides an opportunity for MPs to look at how including a statutory duty for local authorities to fast track funding for social care can be included in the Bill.

Can Giving Patients Choice Be Cost-Effective for the NHS?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Imelda Redmond

Better identification of people who are in the last days and weeks of life, increased provision of community-based services and greater integration of hospital and community-based services are essential to help reduce the pressures on the NHS and increase choices and services for people at the end of life.

The Hippocratic Paradox: When Is Resuscitating a Patient Doing Them Harm?

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I feel that the UK is at a crossroads in much the same way that the US was several decades ago. High profile court cases surrounding patient rights at the end of life catalyzed a set of changes, which led to America's current system of aggressive treatments at all costs regardless of futility or clinical common sense.

Why Thinking About Death May Prompt You to Save the Planet

Jon Underwood | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Underwood

We invite strangers to meet in a friendly place and discuss death over tea and cake. We're not trying to lead people anywhere - we think the good stuff is where people are at already. We just create a safe space and, for a couple of hours, death ceases to be a taboo.