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A campaign is being launched to encourage people to talk about death in a bid to break the taboo of preparing for bereavement. The Co-op said it is holding the biggest ever survey into dying with the aim of engaging at least 20,000 adults over the next few weeks. Research…
Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care and shared this experience suggesting that everyone…
A terminally ill man is to begin an Appeal Court challenge against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying. Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness, is fighting a legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death. The 68-year-old retired lecturer…
Four brothers who wanted their sick elderly father to be allowed to leave hospital and "naturally pass away" at home after complaining about the way he was being cared for in hospital have lost a fight in a specialist court. Bosses at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust…
Leading nurses have announced their support for an opt-out organ donation system. Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that the Government will shift towards an opt-out organ donation system in England, which presumes people give consent for their organs and tissues to be donated in the event of their…
More must be done to stop dying people having unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital, a charity has said. Marie Curie said emergency admissions for people in their last year of life can often be avoided if there is appropriate support in the community. The charity found that in 2016 there…
There have been more than 10,000 "additional deaths" in England and Wales over the first few weeks of the year, experts have said. A new editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) highlights that during the first seven weeks of 2018 there were 93,990 deaths in England and Wales,…
Philip Hammond has been urged to help grieving parents whose "lives are forever blighted in darkness" by establishing a children's funeral fund. Carolyn Harris (pictured) said such a fund was "the dignified, compassionate and sympathetic thing to do" to help parents struggling to pay for their child's funeral. The Chancellor…
An incurably-ill man has brought the latest stage of his legal fight for a "dignified death" to the High Court. The 54-year-old, who can only be referred to as Omid T, is involved in an ongoing legal battle against the UK's "blanket ban" on assisted suicide. He is in the…
Two thirds of pancreatic cancer patients are being told that there is no way of treating their cancer after they receive a diagnosis, a charity has warned. Analysis by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK found that only 34% of people with pancreatic cancer will receive some kind of surgery, chemotherapy…
Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Cruse Bereavement Care have formed a strategic partnership to promote the benefits of counselling for people who struggle to cope following the death of someone close to them. The two organisations aim to improve access to quality counselling for bereaved people…
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