The Context of a Good Death

In this fascinating article, Dr Ben Colburn, in what we hope will the first of many guest blogs,   explores the theme of autonomy and how, when we base decisions that reflect our individual values and ambitions, life goes better.  It is never more important than at the end of life, for individuals to decide for themselves about what is valuable and […]

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Going Beyond the Medical Model

In this article first published in 2011, Hermione Elliott explores the need for a new way of thinking about death and dying, as well as the role of an Amicus Mortis or  End of Life Doula.  In perfectly sets out the ethos and philosophy within Living Well Dying Well. Beyond the Medical Model Many thanks to Professor David Peters of […]

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Choosing a positive death

Sacha Langton-Gilks describes the choice that she and her family made to support their 16-year old son David, to discontinue treatment for a brain tumour. He had received four years of treatment, including several operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He made this decision so that he could live the remainder of his life in a positive […]

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How to plan for a good death

Sheila Kitzinger, the natural childbirth activist who died in April, pioneered the idea of birth plans. Her daughters, Celia and Jenny, describe how their mother made a death plan – so she could die at home according to her own wishes. Read the article on the Guardian website.

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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Susie Steiner The Guardian Wednesday 1 February 2012  There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is ‘I wish […]

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How are we to face death?

In this Guardian article, Tim Lott writes that “I don’t believe in an afterlife but I do think that death is necessary, that it brings everything into focus.”    Photo by Vince Alongi

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It was a good death, the kind most people would choose

An article in The Guardian by Sophie Mackenzie on why her family backed her mother’s decision to stop eating and drinking when faced with terminal cancer. Doctors who have practised for a long time and seen many patients die at home describe as “taking to their bed” or “turning their face to the wall”. September […]

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