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“Am I dying or is this my birthday?” Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964 When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.  
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  Photograph by Lori Waselchuk, taken at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. More here.    Virginia L Seno of the Esse Institute here proposes three ways of addressing a person who is dying. Here they are in stark outline:    Ask the question,“What is most important to you right now?” Do what
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  There’s a good TED talk here by Peter Saul.  Dr. Peter Saul is a Senior Intensive Care specialist in the adult and paediatric ICU at John Hunter Hospital, and Director of Intensive Care at Newcastle Private Hospital in Australia.  After spending time as the Head of Discipline for Medical
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Posted by Vale I have never loved cars. I side with H.G.Wells when he said that everytime he saw an adult on a bike ‘I no longer despair for the future of the human race’. Or Orwell when he said ‘Four wheels bad, two wheels good’. Or something like that.

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  The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition A thoroughly updated and revised edition of the Natural Death Centre‘s celebrated handbook. Now presented alongside a new collection of essays on death, dying and funeral practices by doctors, historians, authors, poets, theologians and artists including Richard Barnett, David Jay Brown, Dr Sheila Cassidy,
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Fran and her Mum on her 70th   Fran Hall, a funeral industry practitioner of many years’ standing, much admired by the GFG, now works as a consultant. She is also the newly-appointed Chair of the Natural Death Centre. For years Fran successfully managed to balance detatchment and empathy in her professional life,
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Halloween has deep roots. Through All Hallows Eve to the old pagan night of Samhain, each marks the time of year when the veil between this world and the next are at their thinnest and the dead and the living can most easily meet and mingle.  As this blog’s contribution
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  Cancer has taken Christopher Hitchens’ voice. Read his beautifully written essay about it here.
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I’ve just stumbled on the best website in Britain and can’t believe it’s taken me til now. It is run by excellent people and is incredibly informative. It also tells it as it is. Where end of life issues are concerned there’s not nearly as much of this about as there
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Death mask of Ulysses S Grant Here is a minuscule excerpt from a wonderful, sonorous account of the death of ex-President Ulysses S Grant. It’s not what we get any more, is it, the last deathbed moments of celebs and justifiably famous people? How, when we think of it, we