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My Business – planning your end of life!

Reading Time: 5 minutes Jane Duncan Rogers is the CEO of Before I Go Solutions. Her first husband died when she was 54 which led to awful grief but also the book Gifted by Grief which ultimately led to her end of life planning social enterprise. She lives in Scotland, got married again in between lockdowns plus she and […]

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Book Review: Dear Life – A Doctor’s Story of Love & Loss

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reviewed by Asanga Judge Dr Rachel Clarke is a specialist in palliative medicine. She has often been in the media during the Covid-19 crisis talking clearly about what is needed in terms of provision of PPE, perspectives and compassion. Asanga Judge is a former GP. I am not easily moved to tears, so the fact […]

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Leaning into Death

Reading Time: 4 minutes As some of you know, I am deeply interested in death and dying. A few weeks ago I released the beginning of a film collaboration with my friend Andrew Hassenruck. Its intent is to keep some kind of record as I explore the possibility and option of taking my life. When I say released, I […]

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How Creating my Own Rituals Helped me Grieve for my Mother

Reading Time: 9 minutes I’m a skeleton collector. I have a large sea-washed radius from a sperm whale beached on the sands in Orkney. Part of its flipper, its hand. One of my most treasured possessions is an early Victorian piece of scrimshaw, engraved with portraits of two women – maybe the whaler’s wife and daughter or maybe his […]

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Talking about Death – would you take your child to a funeral?

Reading Time: 4 minutes I watched my friend’s five-year-old son peer down into the tiny grave. Surrounded by a group of somber people in the small churchyard, the cold wind whipping around their ankles, the sound of sobbing and noses being blown, he was just curious to see what was in the bottom of this hole in the ground. […]

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Welcome Abroad the Funeral Revolution

Reading Time: 7 minutes Advantages of Age hears from Kate Tym and Kate Dyer, the founders of the UK’s first Coffin Club. It’s a sunny morning in September in a room above an art gallery in Hastings. There are laughter, chat and a feeling of warmth and camaraderie which seems slightly odd considering each of the five people involved […]

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Death & Gratitude

Reading Time: 5 minutes The lighting of candles plays a significant part in my daily life. Each morning I stumble out of bed and fire up a tea-light. I’ve been doing it for so long that it has become a reflex, though none-the-less potent because of that. I have places in each room where candles sit and get lit. […]

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From Fear to Here

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Buddhists say two things are certain in life: We’re all going to die. We don’t know when. I shared this with a friend once, as he was leaving my house; it was one of the last things I said to him. He died suddenly shortly after. Like me, he was somewhat death-phobic, and ‘talking […]

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The Death Dinner – Opening up the Last Taboo

Reading Time: 7 minutes ‘After the soaring, a peace like swans settling on a lake. After the tumult and the roaring winds, Silence.’ Sheila Kitzinger, the natural childbirth activist who died in 2015 I am 64, and entering into the terrain of my own drawing-closer mortality – yet talking about death is still forbidden. Sex is so much more […]