Using images to reflect on the death of a family member – an introduction to new Research Associate, Dr Sam Quinn

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I’m Dr Sam Quinn and I joined the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group as a Research Associate on the Dying in the Margins project in July 2021. My background is in qualitative research and I have worked on topics encompassing learning disability, dementia and forensic settings. By way of introduction, I have written an… Continue reading

How We Speak About Homelessness

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Homeless, unhoused, unsheltered, houseless, hobo, bum, vagrant, transient, street person… At the start of 2021, I submitted my PhD thesis in Creative Writing, Not All Deaths are Created Equal: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Death, Inequality, and Homelessness, to a book publisher for consideration. My book is a journey to understand what happens to someone who dies while… Continue reading

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Closet Doors Can Swing Both Ways: LGBTQ+ Elders in Long Term Care

Published on: Author: Naomi Richards 2 Comments

June 2021. It’s Pride Month, and to mark the occasion Michael Hannah, a student on our MSc in End of Life Studies, draws on the concept of ‘social death’ to reflect on his own fears for what later life might bring. Contribution by Michael Hannah: It’s sometime back in the winter of 1979 and I… Continue reading

Dying in the Margins Research Project: Looking to Recruit an Experienced Qualitative Researcher

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Passionate about promoting an equity agenda in palliative and end of life care? Interested in fieldwork involving participatory visual methods and working with participants over a series of months to help them to capture their experiences? I am looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join my ESRC funded project Dying in the Margins: Uncovering the Reasons… Continue reading

Death Café and Searching for Connection in Liquid Times

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In May 2021, after nearly three years of work, Dr Naomi Richards and I finally saw our article Death Café, Bauman and Striving for Human Connection in “Liquid Times”published in the journal Mortality. In the article, we offer a new, critical, and perhaps provocative perspective on the role that Death Café gatherings play and the purpose they… Continue reading

COVID-19, the Death Taboo, and the Healing Power of Consumption

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A recurring question I’ve been asked throughout this past year of teaching and research in the End of Life Studies field has been how far the global pandemic has brought about a more open acknowledgement of human mortality. This is an interesting take on what is a standard question for scholars of death and dying:… Continue reading

“It’s wooly by necessity”: Describing the role and practices of end-of-life doulas

Published on: Author: Marian Krawczyk 1 Comment

Several years ago, I started hearing about a new kind of community-based care role. Some called themselves ‘end-of-life doula’; others identified themselves as a ‘death doula’ or a ‘death midwife’. These terms describe people (primarily women) who provide a wide range of social, emotional, practical, and spiritual supports for people nearing the end of life,… Continue reading