World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 7 April 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Law around end of life decisions needs to be clearer and simpler

Australia – The Mercury

Of the major issues of our time, none is more profoundly compelling than end of life decision-making.

Dying Words: Talking About the End of Life

US – Huffington Post

Talking about death is hard. Really hard. Studies show that most people, even in their later years, resist the notion of talking about dying. In fact, many media editors and news sites do not like featuring stories about end-of-life issues, viewing them as depressing.

Want to go out with a bang? Startup records end-of-life wishes 

Canada The Globe and Mail 

For Andrew Smith, a six-day stay in hospital got him thinking about life and death. 

We rarely ask the elderly about their end-of-life care 

US – Science Codex

Death is a part of life for people over 95 years old, who mainly live day-to-day, concludes a rare study of attitudes to death and dying amongst the very old. The research, from the University of Cambridge and published today in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that this group is willing to discuss dying and their end-of-life care, but is seldom asked. 

Let’s talk about Death, Baby

ehospice South Africa

HPCA hosted its first Death Café on 5th April ahead of Advance Healthcare Planning Day on 16 April and Hospice Week which falls between 1 and 8 May.

Celebrating hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16

ehospice USA

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and its affiliate organizations are honoring the hospice and palliative care volunteers who bring compassion, support and dignity to those facing a serious, life-limiting illness.

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