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“Island” – A Screening of the Documentary Film

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Authors: Julie Lang, Dr Sheri Mila Gerson, Dr Sarah Pickstock (Consultant, Palliative Medicine, NHS Dumfries and Galloway) Steven Eastwood’s powerful documentary film Island was screened at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary as a part of Dying Matters Week. This was a collaborative event between the academic community of the End-of-Life studies Group and the clinical staff… Continue reading

Death Writes: A Symposium on Reading and Writing about Death and Dying

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Death is not monolithic. It is better to think about deaths and dyings. So said a participant about what she had learnt from our half day symposium on reading and writing death, in May 2019, held at the St Mungo Museum for Religious Life and Art in Glasgow . Not monolithic indeed. Our plan for… Continue reading

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019

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Every year in May, Dying Matters and their coalition members host an Awareness Week, which presents an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2019, the week will run from 13th to the 19th of May and the theme is ‘Are We Ready’?… Continue reading

Reading and Writing Death and Dying Symposium

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In the 2017-2018 academic year, myself, Dr Naomi Richards, and Dr Elizabeth Reeder held a series of reading and writing workshops centered around the topic of death and dying. We each facilitated a couple of workshops. A fellow PhD student, Solveiga Zibaite also facilitated a workshop. They brought together a diverse group of people all… Continue reading

End of life issues in Japan and the UK: the Mitori Project blossoms

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When our Japanese colleagues arrived in Scotland in early spring for the launch of a new collaborative research project, I was delighted to see the interest they took in the cherry blossom that was starting to appear around our Dumfries campus. As our week together unfolded, the beauty of the trees appeared to match the… Continue reading

Tears and Laughter at Thomas Tosh: a Death Café Experience

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My now regular route from Clydeside to Dumfries takes me by motorway to within twenty miles of my destination, the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, where I am a PhD student, linked with the End of Life Studies Group.  I am researching how writers depict physician-assisted death, and suicide. Today I was pleased… Continue reading

The Mitori Project: A Week of Events in March 2019

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We present three events in Dumfries and Galloway to initiate The Mitori Project, a new research collaboration focussed on end of life issues in the UK and Japan. Hirobumi Takenouchi, Haruka Hikasa, Yoshinori Takata, and Miho Tanaka will join us at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus  for the first project workshop, and we have also curated… Continue reading

Evaluating Community Palliative Care in Kerala, India

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Led by Professor David Clark, Professor Devi Vijay, Dr Ben Colburn, and Dr Jennifer Corns, and funded by the Scottish Funding Council, under its scheme for the Global Challenges Research Fund, this project will be the first to develop an evaluation model that can be used to assess the quality and outcomes of community palliative… Continue reading