Duncan Lugton, Policy & Public Affairs Manager (England) reflects on the policy landscape for end of life care in summer 2016 and what is on the horizon.
End of life and grief can be difficult to manage, bringing up emotions and questions that can feel overwhelming. Keen readers can use their love of books to help them come to terms with the loss of a loved one, or to prepare them for end of life. This blog takes a look at books which could help you through this difficult time of life.
Did you know there are over 450 Sue Ryder charity shops? Our first shop opened in London during the 1950s and since then we’ve expanded across the UK. Our shops range from small village based shops and high street branches, to out of town superstores and specialist shops. In fact, there’s probably one just down the road from where you live.
Sir Robert Francis recommended nurse revalidation be implemented more than two years’ ago and today marks the day that it will be finally fully implemented across the UK. At Sue Ryder, we welcome nurse revalidation and firmly believe it is an important process which will help to further improve and maintain standards of nursing across the UK.
Today the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is publishing a guide that helps prepare people on what to expect when someone is dying.
We often wonder what sort of person steals from a charity...
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.