American WWII Veteran's Tearful Plea

Yumiko Sato | Posted 15.07.2015 | 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.

Lets Talk About Death, So We Can Get on With Living

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Nimmo

We really don't handle the whole issue of dying well in this country do we? It's just not something spoken about, a taboo subject. We are all going to die so why do we not make sure our wishes are clear so that whenever or wherever it happens those who are left behind know what to do.

The Last Wish of a Woman Who Survived The Battle of Okinawa

Yumiko Sato | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

"I have one regret," said Tokiko one day. "I wish I had written down my story. " It was surprising to hear that, because Tokiko, a survivor of The Battle of Okinawa, had lived her life without telling her past even to her son.

What We Can Learn From the Dying

Yumiko Sato | Posted 12.06.2015 | 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.

The BBC Drama Department Is A Terrible Place To Die

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

Walford and Holby aside, I have visited hospices across the UK and I am yet to see one that would be described anything like "dingy" or "grotty".

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

'Too Many People Are Dying Without Dignity' Harrowing Report Finds

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A report into end of life care has offered an insight into "appalling" incidents of patient neglect during the final moments of their lives. These ...

Dear Struggling Musician... Is This You?

Victoria Leith | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Leith

I entered a big televised national competition, judged by Dizzy Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum. I delighted in telling my friends I was in this competition particularly because of these great musicians involved.

What Does Quality Really Mean in Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

More recently, the new inspection regime introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the regulator for health and adult social care in England - is helping provide a better understanding of quality in hospice care.

Devoted Grandson Hikes Shropshire Hill 365 Times In Memory Of His Nan

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man from Telford has hiked up a Shropshire hill 365 times in 2014, to raise money for the hospice that cared for his grandmother in the final months...

Bringing Comfort Through Music at the End of Life

Yumiko Sato | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Daniel was showing signs of "terminal agitation." People at the end of life often experience this state characterized by confusion and restlessness. As a hospice music therapist I had seen many patients in this state before.

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.

Why I Became a Hospice Music Therapist

Yumiko Sato | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Even though I had never seen anyone die or even been to a funeral, mortality seemed to be an inevitable part of life that had always been just under the surface. And it was not going away, whether I avoided talking about it or used the words other than "death" to describe it.

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.

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 ...

'I'm Thankful for My Illness' - Dying With ALS

Yumiko Sato | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

"I'm thankful for my illness," said Steve one day. I was shocked. Steve was a patient with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), one of the most awful illnesses I've ever seen in my work as a hospice music therapist.

Volunteers Still Form the Backbone of Hospice Care

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

Just how important are volunteers to hospices and could their role change in the future? All charities rely to some extent on volunteers to support their work but for hospices they are crucial and always have been ever since the modern hospice movement was first founded by Dame Ciceley Saunders in the UK back in the 1960s.

Are You Concerned About the Availability of Hospice Care in the Future?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

Does the need for hospice care seem a distant reality to you? Or is it something you have thought about and which you or your loved ones might need one day?

Controversial End-Of-Life Care 'Should Be Scrapped'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

An independent review of a controversial end-of-life regime is likely to recommend that it is phased out, it has emerged. The review of the the Liv...

Dignity of Death and Palliative Care

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Controversy has arisen around end-of-life care. In recent time questions were raised on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) system, which is intended to ...

So the English Do Like Talking About Death After All

Imelda Redmond CBE | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond CBE

It is often said that English people do not like to talk about death. Last week's publication of the first national survey of the bereaved has gone some way to dispelling such a notion.