World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 4 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Death planning app Cake will let you swipe right on funeral decisions

US – Inverse

There’s definitely need for an app like Cake to help prepare for the inevitable. Cake will quiz users on questions from the practical to the emotional and then is intended you figure out how you’d like to be remembered after you’re gone.

Documentary of Four Seasons’ efforts to improve palliative care in Zambia receives telly award

Zambia – Send2Press.com

The Four Seasons Compassion for Life documentary features the cross-continental partnership between the leading North Carolina care provider, Flat Rock, and the Palliative Care Alliance of Zambia.

The right words matter when talking about pain

US – Palliverse

Words are neurological events. They are meaning-laden puffs of air that our brain transforms into knowledge, opinions, emotions or danger signals, writes Michael Vagg.

Aren’t hospices places where people go to die?

UK – Marie Curie blog

Some people have a vision of hospices as quiet and gloomy places where the very ill go to spend their final days. This couldn’t be further from the truth, writes Helen Forrow, manager of the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

10 minutes with Mike Kennedy

ehospice Australia

Back in the early 1980s, when stigma and fear clouded HIV and AIDS, Mike Kennedy volunteered to care for an infected man who wanted to die in his own home. Mr Kennedy didn’t realise it at the time, but he was participating in a land-mark community-based palliative care service.

Book review: Given time to say goodbye by Dianne Leutner

ehospice UK

Judy Debenham reviews Given time to say goodbye by Dianne Leutner, a memoir with a focus on bereavement and grief.

NS woman creates Christmas cheer campaign

ehospice Canada

Nicole LeBlanc has created a campaign called Spreading Christmas Cheer in Pictou County Through Cards. She got the idea last year while visiting her grandmother Evelyn in palliative care.

An Taoiseach says issues relating to dying, death and loss continue to challenge us

ehospice Ireland

As part of The Irish Hospice Foundation’s 2016 commemorative programme and 30th anniversary celebrations members of the public are asked to participate in a year-long public engagement campaign on dying, death and bereavement which will form the basis for a Charter for End of Life.

Deficiencies in end of life care extend across ethnicities

ehospice USA

Kaiser Health News has published an insightful article regarding research from Stanford University that will be of interest to hospice and palliative care providers.

Student begins work experience at hospice which cared for great-grandmother

ehospice UK

After Paige Furzier, a student from Exeter College, started volunteering at Hospiscare she discovered that her great-grandmother was cared for at the hospice over 20 years ago.