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“Let’s talk about it.” Death and dying is one of those topics that’s just hard to talk about. We know that we will all have to face it one day, but we put that “difficult” conversation off until tomorrow. Or the day after… Well it doesn’t have to be that way.
The people we talk to on this podcast are people who do talk about it. They’re people who have learnt through personal experience how important it is to talk about our wishes before it’s too late, and they have a lot to say. Whether you’ve been bereaved, have a family member who’s approaching the end of life, want to support a friend, or just want to know how to start the conversation for yourself, this podcast is for you.
Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK (https://www.hospiceuk.org/), the national charity for hospice care. Registered in England and Wales No. 2751549. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112.

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“Let’s talk about it.” Death and dying is one of those topics that’s just hard to talk about. We know that we will all have to face it one day, but we put that “difficult” conversation off until tomorrow. Or the day after… Well it doesn’t have to be that way.
The people we talk to on this podcast are people who do talk about it. They’re people who have learnt through personal experience how important it is to talk about our wishes before it’s too late, and they have a lot to say. Whether you’ve been bereaved, have a family member who’s approaching the end of life, want to support a friend, or just want to know how to start the conversation for yourself, this podcast is for you.
Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK (https://www.hospiceuk.org/), the national charity for hospice care. Registered in England and Wales No. 2751549. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112.

    5: 'If death was a marathon you had to run, you'd do a few practise laps'. Kevin Toolis

    5: 'If death was a marathon you had to run, you'd do a few practise laps'. Kevin Toolis

    Kevin Toolis has spent much of his career dealing with death, formerly as a journalist reporting and making films from conflict zones, but recently he started interrogating death and dying in a very personal way. He used his experiences with death to write ‘My Father’s Wake’, and reflect on how embracing the Irish way of dealing with death might help us to face our own mortality without fear.
    Kevin's book: 'My Father's Wake' (https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Fathers-Wake-Irish-Teach/dp/1474605230)
    Dying Matters online
    Twitter: @dyingmatters (https://twitter.com/DyingMatters)
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/ (https://www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/?ref=br_rs)
    Instagram: @DyingMatters (https://www.instagram.com/dyingmatters/)
    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

    • 43 min
    4: 'I'm certain that people die how they live'. Greg Wise

    4: 'I'm certain that people die how they live'. Greg Wise

    Greg Wise is well known as an actor and producer, but recently he took up another occupation: trying to get people to talk more about death and dying. In this podcast, Greg shares his experience of becoming a full-time carer for his sister, Claire, after she was diagnosed with cancer, and what he learned from sitting by her bedside as she died.
    Greg's book: 'Not That Kind of Love (https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Kind-Love-Clare-Wise/dp/1786488965/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) '
    Dying Matters online
    Twitter: @dyingmatters (https://twitter.com/DyingMatters)
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/ (https://www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/?ref=br_rs)
    Instagram: @DyingMatters (https://www.instagram.com/dyingmatters/)
    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

    • 52 min
    3: 'I've been associated with caring for over 10,000 people at the end of their lives.' Dr Kathryn Mannix

    3: 'I've been associated with caring for over 10,000 people at the end of their lives.' Dr Kathryn Mannix

    What can you learn from watching thousands of people die? When Dr Kathryn Mannix asked herself that question, she realised that she had a lot to offer beyond the normal scope of her job as a palliative care doctor, caring for people at the end of life. With four decades of clinical practice, Kathryn is uniquely placed to tell us what it is actually like to die, and in her book 'With the End in Mind', makes the case for approaching death not with fear, but with openness and understanding.
    Follow Kathryn @drkathrynmannix (https://twitter.com/drkathrynmannix)
    Kathryn's book: 'With the End in Mind' (https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Mind-Dying-Wisdom-Denial/dp/0008210888) (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Life-Hands-Rachel-Clarke/dp/1786064510)
    Dying Matters online
    Twitter: @dyingmatters (https://twitter.com/DyingMatters)
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/ (https://www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/?ref=br_rs)
    Instagram: @DyingMatters (https://www.instagram.com/dyingmatters/)
    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

    • 45 min
    2: 'You have to face the fact: it's going to happen.' Gary Andrews

    2: 'You have to face the fact: it's going to happen.' Gary Andrews

    Gary Andrews didn't expect to have to face the fact of death as soon as he did. He was away on a business trip when his wife Joy died suddenly, and he and his two children had to face grief head on. 

    As an illustrator and an animator, Gary had already been working on a 'Doodle a Day' series to share with friends and family. After Joy died, the drawings became a way to for him to process his grief and chronicle his new life as a widower. They've been viewed by thousands of people on social media. 

    Follow Gary: [@garyscribbler](https://twitter.com/GaryScribbler)

    **Dying Matters online**

    Twitter: [@dyingmatters](https://twitter.com/DyingMatters)

    Facebook: [www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/](https://www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/?ref=br_rs)

    Instagram: [@DyingMatters](https://www.instagram.com/dyingmatters/)

    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112.

    • 36 min
    1: 'Dad, are you scared of dying?' Dr Rachel Clarke

    1: 'Dad, are you scared of dying?' Dr Rachel Clarke

    For the first episode of our new season, we're talking to Dr Rachel Clarke, a palliative care doctor and former journalist who gained widespread notoriety as a leading campaigner in the junior doctors dispute of 2016. 

    We chat to Rachel about what it's like to be a doctor who works with dying people every day, and why she believes it's so important for all of us to talk more openly about death and dying. 

    Follow Rachel [@doctor_oxford](https://twitter.com/doctor_oxford?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) 

    Rachel's book: ['Your Life in My Hands'](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Life-Hands-Rachel-Clarke/dp/1786064510)

    **Dying Matters online**

    Twitter: [@dyingmatters](https://twitter.com/DyingMatters)

    Facebook: [www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/](https://www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/?ref=br_rs)

    Instagram: [@DyingMatters](https://www.instagram.com/dyingmatters/)

    Find Dying Matters events in your area with our [Awareness Week Map](https://www.dyingmatters.org/page/map-awareness-week-events-2019).

    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Registered in England and Wales No. 2751549\. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112\. VAT No 731 304476.

    • 44 min
    8: What Can You Do in Your Community?

    8: What Can You Do in Your Community?

    The theme of this year's Dying Matters Week was 'What Can You Do in Your Community?' It's a question we ask to challenge people to think about ways they can help the people in their lives to talk more openly about death and dying, and make plans for the end of life. Most Dying Matters events are structured with this goal in mind, but they will vary hugely depending on the community they take place in. 

    Our guests this week are the organisers of one of the larger events in Dying Matters Week - the Pushing Up Daisies festival. Sue Robinson, Hannah Merriman, and Mary Clear are are all practicing death doulas: "lay experts" committed to accompanying those coming to the end of life, and their families. They started Pushing Up Daisies to help their community have more positive experiences talking about death and dying. 

    Theme music is by Bernadette Ryan.

    Find out more about Pushing Up Daisies: [www.pushingupdaisies.org](http://www.pushingupdaisies.org/)

    **Dying Matters online: **

    Twitter: @dyingmatters

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DyingMatters/

    Instagram: @DyingMatters 

    Dying Matters is a part of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Registered in England and Wales No. 2751549\. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112\. VAT No 731 304476.

    • 34 min

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