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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.

The Dying Matters Podcast The Dying Matters Podcast

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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.

    Dr Rachel Clarke - Inside the NHS in a time of pandemic

    Dr Rachel Clarke - Inside the NHS in a time of pandemic

    Hospice UK’s Web Editor Leila Hawkins talks to Dr Rachel Clarke about her new book  Breathtaking – Inside the NHS in a time of pandemic, about her experiences of working on the frontline during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

    The palliative care doctor describes the unwavering dedication of NHS staff, the pain of being in the second wave of the virus, and her hopes for the future now there is a vaccine. 

    “We had no treatments, no vaccines, it was a completely new virus. We didn't know if our PPE was going to protect us. We didn't know if we were going to bring Coronavirus into our houses and infect the people we love. We were frightened, but we wanted to help patients in need. We wanted to be where the need was greatest. 

    “At the end of the day, I don't know what life is for if it isn't to try and help each other out when the need is there.”  

    • 22 min
    Dr Rachel Clarke - Dear Life

    Dr Rachel Clarke - Dear Life

    ehospice editor Leila Hawkins talks with Dr Rachel Clarke, author of the book Dear Life, a powerful memoir about end of life care.

    • 34 min
    'If death was a marathon you had to run, you'd do a few practise laps'. Kevin Toolis

    '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'


    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. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

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

    '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'


    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. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

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

    '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

    Kathryn's book: 'With the End in Mind'


    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. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112. 

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

    '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

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