On Saturday 3 January, two Nurses from our Nettlebed Hospice were visited by the BBC. They were interviewed by Paddy O’Connell for his Broadcasting House programme to talk about a very topical conversation taking place at the moment, following Dr Richard Smith's blog in the British Medical Journal. His blog has created a lot of conversation - stating that Cancer "is the best way to die" - and his blog has recently received a lot of coverage in the media.
Stephen very kindly agreed to let us share his family’s experiences to help us talk about the importance of access to expert 24 hour support, and to campaign about how important this is to people who are dying, their family and their carers. He also spoke at the Parliamentary launch of our campaign.
Oliver took part in our Starlight Hike at St John's Hospice. He's kindly written about the experience.
Have you noticed how a child reacts if you ask them directly, ‘How do you feel about Granny dying?’ Most likely they will look away from you, change the subject, or just shrug and say, ‘Don’t know’. These are typical reactions from children whose cognitive capacity has not yet developed to the stage where they can understand and verbally articulate their feelings, like adults.
Everyone has a unique experience when someone close to them has died, and each person finds their own way through their feelings. As well as sadness and pain, there are also feelings of guilt, anger, resentment and confusion, and often a reassessment of the past or uncertainty about the future.
In this post, volunteer Emily shares how volunteering has helped her to transform her life.
"When I first started volunteering with Sue Ryder last year I had no idea that it would mean so much to me as it does today", says shop volunteer Emily Maybanks.