Book Review

Life before Death – what really matters?

Life before Death – what really matters? ATUL GAWANDE – BEING MORTAL Living life to the fullest is important to me.  I have just read “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.  It raises important issues about life before death.  If you are told you have a terminal illness, how would you cope?  How would your family more »

Coffee, Cake & Death – can you plan your own funeral?

Coffee, Cake & Death – can you plan your own funeral? The 11th October 2016 saw the second death cafe at the Dojo Coffee House in Swindon. The event was organised by Sue Holden who is a Grief Recovery Counselor and Specialist.  It might sound a bit morbid, but death is a certainty and in my line of more »

Older People’s Day

Older People's Day I recently had the opportunity to take part in Bluebird Care’s celebrations of UK Older People’s Day which was on 1st October 2016.  The event took place at the Ellendune Centre in Wroughton and Robert Buckland MP started off the proceedings with a speech recognising the local carers, charities, council and individuals more »

Retired couple in a field

Charity of the Year 2016

Charity of the Year 2016 I am pleased to announce that my chosen Charity of the Year is Brighter Futures, the name of the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund.  I chose this charity for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I have a close affinity to Great Western Hospital (GWH) as both my more »

Have you started the Big Conversation yet

HAVE YOU STARTED THE BIG CONVERSATION YET? Dying Matters is an organisation based across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. →