Posts by Naomi Richards

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

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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

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

“We are sharing more than we want to share” – A funeral celebrant and a mourner discuss online funerals

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There has been a seismic shift in the way that funeral ceremonies are conducted in the wake of Covid-19. The effects of this on the bereaved are yet to be meaningfully understood. This conversation between a funeral celebrant and a mourner (at separate events) acknowledges the disruption caused. The impact of these changes, particularly the… Continue reading

Marking Professor David Clark’s Retirement from the University of Glasgow

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To mark David Clark’s retirement at the end of September 2020, I thought it would be fitting to take a moment to reflect on his career from the perspective of a range of colleagues who have worked with him in different ways over the years. David has achieved so much over his long career in… Continue reading

The Global Spread of Death Cafés

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted conventional thinking around death and dying, Death Cafés around the world were encouraging people to reflect on their mortality. Death Cafés are informal social spaces where strangers meet to ‘have a conversation’ about death and dying. They can be organised by anyone, anywhere in the world. With death rates now… Continue reading

Death Writes: Images – A Second Reading & Writing Death & Dying Symposium

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On 22 January 2020, Dr Elizabeth Reeder, Amy Shea and Dr Naomi Richards ran their second ‘Death Writes’ symposium, this time with a focus on images. The symposium – open to the public – was held at the stunning Glasgow Women’s Library and supported by the University of Glasgow’s Arts Lab funding and the Glasgow End… Continue reading