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Can We Create Compassionate Communities That Don’t Rely Disproportionately on Women?

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As we enter the end stages of life, palliative and end-of-life care become more essential to achieve an approximation of what one might deem a ‘good’ death. Sociologist Allan Kellehear identifies the need to shift palliative care from its current practices wherein psychosocial care only begins at the onset of a dying person’s challenges towards… Continue reading

Using images to reflect on the death of a family member – an introduction to new Research Associate, Dr Sam Quinn

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I’m Dr Sam Quinn and I joined the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group as a Research Associate on the Dying in the Margins project in July 2021. My background is in qualitative research and I have worked on topics encompassing learning disability, dementia and forensic settings. By way of introduction, I have written an… Continue reading

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

Published on: Author: Naomi Richards 2 Comments

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

Death Café and Searching for Connection in Liquid Times

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In May 2021, after nearly three years of work, Dr Naomi Richards and I finally saw our article Death Café, Bauman and Striving for Human Connection in “Liquid Times”published in the journal Mortality. In the article, we offer a new, critical, and perhaps provocative perspective on the role that Death Café gatherings play and the purpose they… Continue reading

‘Total Pain’, Extinction, and the End of the World

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‘Total Pain’ as the Pain of a Lifetime This post looks at Cicely Saunders’ influential term ‘total pain’ in terms of endings and limits. ‘Total pain’ articulates how pain for someone whose life is ending is a whole overwhelming experience which combines physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements. My own PhD project looks at how… 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