Departures

The end of life throws up some big questions that we can often feel too afraid or too uncomfortable to ask. Click on the boxes to reveal information, advice and audio clips from experts sharing their knowledge and experiences of death…

We’ve become unfamiliar with the process of normal dying...
Everybody’s got to die of something…
We feel that by not discussing death it is an act of love. But it’s not, it’s actually an act of cruelty…
The most common cause of death is…
Dying is not a medical thing it’s a human thing…
A good death for you or dying well for me could be very different…
The big difference between being in labour and being about to die is the process of dying does not hurt at all...
Celebrate the life that you've had and come to terms with the fact that it will ultimately end…
Dealing with a diagnosis is hard…
The only thing you can do to help people come to terms with where they are is to listen to their story and how they feel...
I never felt I could talk to Mum about what she wanted…
I could not discuss dying with him as he would get angry and change the subject...
Who gets to decide what happens when you’re dying?
When you are dying time takes on a different significance…
It doesn’t matter whether you die from cancer or old age or dementia…
Sometimes patients will rehearse a conversation they want to have with a family member or friend...
People think that doctors have treatments for everything but they don’t…
The doctors gave us the information on treatments but my husband decided…
What is palliative care?
What support is available?
You’ve still got choice, you can still be you even if you’re frail and poorly…
Who will care for you?
People at home want to remain independent and have privacy…
Is a hospice just a place to die?
I always ask my patients what’s important to you? What are your priorities? What are your hopes…
You are 41% more likely to die well if…
How will people know what you want?
Can you refuse treatment?
What is an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment?
Breathlessness is just one symptom, but if it’s managed better it can help people to live more comfortably at home
We have very different views about how we’d like to be treated…
A patient I had known for many years convinced me of the importance of Advance Care Planning...
What makes someone tick a year before they die will make them tick on the day they die...
Lots of people who come to the hospice do go back home…
Despite the difficulties, I feel our family was lucky to have experienced palliative support from our GP…
The toll of caring for a dying person can be considerable…
When my dad went into the hospice he was given back his dignity…
When she had her stroke I had to make decisions for her…
I definitely don't want to be resuscitated if I am on the way out…
Evidence shows that people who receive specialist palliative care support...
Home, hospice, care home or hospital?
By 2040 the most common place of death will be…
When we’re beginning to die we don’t feel hungry any more...
The closer you get to death…
What is it like to see someone die?
What can help at the very end?
For the majority of people we have a way of making pain better…
What support can you get if you want to die at home?
Enabling patients to die in the place of their choice can...
The vast majority of the time symptoms can be controlled…
Because people don’t want to talk about dying…
Most of us will have some choice about how we die, but…
Although most people would rather die at home...
Without support from family and friends…
Can you choose where you die?
Children will fill the gaps if they don’t know what’s going on…
My grandma lived in the care home through almost all of her illness, so it felt like her home by the time she died...
The hospital waited until we could all be at his bedside to turn off his life support machine...
We all talked to Mum and stroked her hair, while the nurse waited and watched...
Automatic breathing when we're unconscious sounds quite peculiar...
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