World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 11 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Age not the equalizer once thought

US – Medical XPress

Persistent inequalities based on a person’s race, gender, level of education and earlier income, among other factors, shape options and quality of life at the end of life.

Mystery man gives away wife’s 56 year old wedding dress, leaving incredibly moving note for future owner

UK – The Mirror

Volunteers at St Gemma’s Hospice charity shop in Leeds are hoping to track down a man who anonymously donated his wife’s vintage wedding dress, leaving a touching note attached.

Talking about grief: what to say to someone who’s lost a loved one


As Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg opens up after her husband’s death, an expert offers advice on how to approach those who have lost a loved one.

Care Planning Act gives patients facing serious illness more of a voice in their care


More and more Americans are facing advanced illness, aging with multiple chronic health conditions, and lack the resources to plan for their care and obtain the support they need for themselves and their families. The Care Planning Act of 2015, legislation that includes provisions to assist in navigating complex health care needs and address challenges in advance care planning, has been introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Hospice helped me to accept

ehospice South Africa

Like most people, Sharon Cloete had preconceived ideas about hospice and hospice care in an in-patient unit: “I believed that you go there to die, but I’ve since discovered that’s not the case.”

Top ten priority areas for palliative care research in Ireland launched by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

ehospice Ireland

Identifying ways of providing out of hours care which help patients stay in their place of choice has been rated the top research priority for palliative care in Ireland.

New research: how hospice volunteers can help link with the community

ehospice UK

New research from the Institute for Volunteering Research and the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, shows how hospice volunteers continue to build bridges between hospices and the wider world.