The Value of Death at the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City

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In this blog Gina Tarditi, a psychologist in Mexico City and End of Life Studies MSc student, describes an event she organised with oncologists to debate 2022 Lancet Report on the Value of Death. I work at The National Cancer Institute (INCAN) in Mexico City which is one of the largest cancer centers in Latin… Continue reading

DeathWrites Network – 2nd Symposium

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The DeathWrites Network, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and University of Glasgow Arts Lab, held its 2nd Symposium on 6th October, 2022. During the hybrid event at the historic Glasgow Women’s Library, we heard keynotes from the Scottish poet, playwright, and performer Hannah Lavery and from the Open Museum curator, Elaine Addington. Our Network of 30 talented Scotland-based writers,… Continue reading

Digital Stories about Financial Insecurity & Hardship at End of Life

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Today, Tuesday 27th September 2022, we are releasing the first 3 digital stories from our research project about barriers to, and experiences of, home dying when experiencing financial insecurity and hardship. Digital stories are 2-3 minute films combining photos, music and voiceover, within a narrative structure. This is a participatory visual method, adapted for use… Continue reading

Contextualizing the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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On 8th September 2022, Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In the weeks that have followed, there has been debate on what can be learnt from the Queen’s death, her funeral, and the famous queue. In a Twitter thread with over 2 million engagements, Dr Kathryn Mannix (@drkathrynmannix), a palliative care… Continue reading

Reporting on the First International End-of-Life Doula Symposium

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This blog provides a brief overview of the International End-of-Life Doula Symposium and a link to the Symposium’s summary report. This virtual symposium was held over three days on April 25-27th 2022 and was a co-produced effort between academic researchers, End-of-Life Doulas, and graduate students in our End of Life Studies programme [1]. It was… Continue reading

Anatomy – A Matter of Death and Life: An Exhibition Review

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Michael Hannah, End of Life Studies Student, Reviews the Anatomy Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. The Exhibition runs from 2 July -30 October 2022. August in Edinburgh is festival time and with so much going on, an exhibition on the history of anatomy may not seem the most appealing way to spend an… Continue reading

How Important is Policy to Palliative Care, Really?

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In a new article published in July 2022 in Health Policy, Professor David Clark, Anthony Bell and myself have taken a critical look at the commonly held presumption that future developments in palliative care are heavily dependent on the precondition of ‘policy’. This belief has become fixed in the field over the past 20 years in relation to a range… Continue reading

Biographical Pain and the Baby Boomers’ Legacy

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Blog by Professor Tony Walter, University of Bath Dr Joe Wood observes in his 2021 blog on extinction and the end of the world that total pain at the end of life can include what gerontologist Malcolm Johnson (2013) calls biographical pain. In this semi-autobiographical blog about today’s ageing baby boomers, I locate a particular kind of… Continue reading