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Affective and Ethical Tightropes of Witnessing – Highlights from our PhD Workshop

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One of Dame Cicely Saunders’ most enduring legacies is the importance of being present, of witnessing, at the end of life. Academic witnessing at the margins of life and death can require balancing an intense intimacy with simultaneously gaining enough distance to ‘see’ significant or representative broader concepts. What does this mean for us as… Continue reading

Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life – University of Glasgow Conference April 2018

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Cicely Saunders once stated that ‘suffering is only intolerable when nobody cares’. Yet suffering is a broad concept with many aspects. Members from the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group recently attended a two-day philosophy conference entitled ‘Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life’. Speakers came from a range of academic disciplines – including… Continue reading

Can palliative care improve society? Cicely Saunders and the moral order of dying

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In 1961 Cicely Saunders, in a short article written for a general audience, observed:  ‘A society which shuns the dying must have an incomplete philosophy’ [1]. The remark is loaded with import. In her observation, ‘the dying’, seem to constitute a known social category. Not only neglected, they are persistently avoided, ignored, or rejected through… Continue reading

Invitation to a summer postgraduate workshop on witnessing at the end of life

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Solveiga Zibaite

I’m delighted to announce that we are hosting a free postgraduate student workshop on Witnessing at the End of Life, which will take place on the 11th and 12th of June 2018. This two day workshop is designed for postgraduate students by postgraduate students. My fellow PhD student Jacqueline Kandsberger and I are organising the event… Continue reading

Declarations on euthanasia and assisted dying

Published on: Author: Hamilton Inbadas 2 Comments

What do you mean by ‘declarations’? This was the question I was asked most frequently as I stood beside our research poster at a recent conference. EAPC 2017, the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care took place in Madrid, Spain. The poster* presented ‘the representation of palliative care in assisted dying… Continue reading

To Comfort Always: lessons from the past to inform the future at Hospice UK 2016

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David Clark at Hospice UK conference (image copyright Jonathan Goldberg jongoldberg.co.uk)

I have had close links with Hospice UK for many years, serving first as a Trustee and now as a Vice-President. So it was a real honour to be invited to give the opening plenary at the charity’s annual conference in Liverpool, in a splendid riverside setting overlooking the Mersey.  The timing was good too. … Continue reading

A public launch for the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care

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detail from the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care

The first national atlas of palliative care in the world, the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care, received considerable attention on the day it was launched. On Thursday 22 September 2016 I travelled to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, to launch the Scottish Atlas at the annual conference of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. Everyone at… Continue reading