Death Doulas & Soul Midwives

Within my role at the hospital I work quite closely with those who work in palliative or end of life care. For these people, they are there for people at the point where medicine can no longer try to fix them or treat their symptoms to live. Palliative care is there for people who are... Continue Reading →

Not the Q word

I never use the Q word, and if you know me well enough by now you know that I will always prefer to and resort to the C word. Calm, that is. To me the word calm represents a less uneasy feeling about what lies ahead and what the future may hold. Calm is a... Continue Reading →

Pumpkins, Skulls & Webinars

The days are becoming greyer and darker, the shops are full of pumpkins and skeleton adorned items and it’s beginning to feel very autumnal. It’s a wonderful time of the year for many but also can be incredibly hard and tough for many more. I am writing this on Mental Health Awareness Day and it... Continue Reading →

Peace, Perfect Peace

The last couple of weeks have been very good and memorable weeks for a number of reasons. It seems odd to write, but I could and still can feel myself adjusting to the new way of life that is becoming quite normal now. I don’t feel like I have to remind myself that everything is... Continue Reading →

Visiting The Deceased Part III

In this final part of my visiting/viewing posts I’d like to have a look at the different experiences and thoughts I’ve had with viewings. The fact of the matter is that they still worry me and I still have a total love/hate relationship with them. I have a lot of anxiety around what could happen... Continue Reading →

Visiting the Deceased Part II

As I mentioned previously, all visits or viewings must be arranged by appointment prior to the day. The mortuary is not somewhere you can just arrive and expect to be able to see someone, we even ask the maintenance team and other people from the hospital to make appointments if not an urgent call. This... Continue Reading →

Autumnal Days & Death Cafes

When I first started doing on call I was absolutely terrified about leaving my phone somewhere I couldn’t hear it. A billion different scenarios would run through my head, I could imagine all the different things that might happen and what I may have to do. I also assumed that whole time that it would... Continue Reading →

Visiting The Deceased Part I

As lockdown eases, we are starting to look to be able to facilitate viewings or visits once again for families of the deceased. It’s an aspect that I feel some people totally understand and others have no idea what to make of, so I thought I would try to explain. I envisage this taking a... Continue Reading →

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