Posts by Marian Krawczyk

MSc End of Life Studies students from around the world visit the Dumfries Campus

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By Roz Sunley, End of Life Studies MSc Student Why did postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow travel thousands of miles in early June 2022 to spend a few days at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries? It all began when one student from the End-of-Life Studies Programme announced her intention to visit… Continue reading

Public talk: Bringing the Value of Death Back into Life, with Dr Seamus O’Mahoney

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Does death have value? That’s the question framing the recent Lancet Commission Report on the ‘Value of Death’, and which will be discussed at a free public event at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries, June 7th from 4:00-6:00pm. The conversation will be led by Dr Seamus O’Mahoney, a prize-winning writer and one of the primary… Continue reading

The continuing relevance of total pain in the 21st Century: Call for contributors

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The recent Lancet Commission into the Value of Death reports endemic suffering at the end of life in both global North and South countries and calls for the further expansion of holistic philosophies and practices of end of life care. Here at the End of Life Studies Group, we believe that one way to do… Continue reading

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

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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

My first post as Program Convenor for the End of Life Studies MSc Program

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I’m ridiculously pleased to announce that I have been appointed Program Convenor of the new End of Life Studies Degree Program starting in January 2021 (MSc/PgDip/PgCert). As many of you will be aware, for the last three years I have had the distinct privilege of being a research fellow with the End of Life Studies… Continue reading

Comparing Anticipatory/Advance Care Planning Documents in Scotland and Japan

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Dr. Marian Krawczyk and Dr. Haruka Hikasa Mitori Project The Mitori Project was a multidisciplinary project examining end of life issues in the UK and Japan, led by Professor David Clark. It brought together academics from both countries using perspectives of social science, humanities, and ethics to examine how care of people at the end… Continue reading

Dying and death in “unprecedented” times: The role of learning

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The world stopped making sense when my sister died. She wasn’t supposed to die young, with a small child, most of her life still to be lived – it was an unprecedented event.  In order to try and find meaning to my inchoate grief, I began to explore others’ stories and experiences with dying and… Continue reading