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Truth is the first casualty in the war against pain

Published on: Author: Dr Clare Roques 2 Comments
Clare Roques

Pain is a far-reaching phenomenon, present in all of our lives, whether it be the daily pain of hunger, the pain of loss, of bereavement, or following trauma, a heart attack or long-term disease, even terminal cancer. Untreated pain is a great burden – to individuals who suffer emotionally and are predisposed to further complications… Continue reading

Living and dying in pain – it doesn’t have to happen

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Kate Jackson, editor of ehospice International, on Shapinsay, Orkney

75% of the world’s population have no – or inadequate – access to controlled medicines for pain relief. This means that, for many people, a diagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer brings not only a traumatic confrontation with mortality, but also the fear – and reality – of excruciating pain. Pain serves the evolutionary… Continue reading

Inner light: curating art and therapy at the end of life (Lumière profonde: organisation d’une exposition de travaux d’art-thérapie réalisés en milieu hospitalier)

Published on: Author: Catriona Forrest 2 Comments
visitors at Luz Profunda (Inner Light) exhibition: courtesy of Nadia Collette

What challenges are there in exhibiting art which has used to help terminally ill patients and their relatives? Nadia Collette, art therapist and curator of Inner Light, talks about the project which resulted in an exhibition in Barcelona in the first half of 2016.  This interview was a French-English collaboration, and the blog begins with a translation, followed by… Continue reading

Spinal column: matters of life and death by Melanie Reid

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walkway at the SECC, Glasgow

Melanie Reid’s article appeared in The Times Magazine on Saturday 19 March 2016, and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Spinal column: matters of life and death ‘I’m very happy to talk about death. I’ve learnt it isn’t remotely the worst thing that can happen’ An icy night in early March,… Continue reading

End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for further engagement

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the panel at the End of Life Care in Scottish hospitals seminar, Glasgow, November 2015

Marie Curie Scotland and the University of Glasgow co-hosted a seminar End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for wider engagement. Full coverage of the event is now available. The seminar provided a platform for discussion about end of life care in Scotland, focusing on the healthcare and policy implications of research into the imminence… Continue reading