World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 9 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

End-of-life counsel from doctors seen as lacking

US – Boston Globe

A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that physicians have outsized influence in shaping how patients spend their final days.

“I was devastated” says actress after visiting hospice for kids

Nigeria – Pulse

Nigerian actress Ini Edo was moved to tears when she visited Hearts of Gold Hospice yesterday. Visibly moved by what she saw, she shared her experience on her Instagram page.

Website launched to support families with ill children

Australia – Moree Champion

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed the launch of a new NSW Government website to support families who have a child living with a life-limiting illness.

Happy hospices could hold lesson for economy

New Zealand Herald

Tim Hazledine reflects on a speech by Atul Gawande, following the announcement of an additional $76 million earmarked for palliative care of terminally ill patients in last month’s Budget.

Hospice nurse handed prestigious national award

UK – Malvern Gazette

A dedicated nurse who has been supporting patients and families at Worcester’s St Richard’s Hospice for years has been named as a Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

NHH hopes for new funding source

Canada – Northumberland Today

The problem of palliative-care patients taking up acute-care hospital beds, for lack of community-based facilities, is endemic to Ontario hospitals.

Hospice moves into new $5m home

Australia – Bayside News

Peninsula Home Hospice has launched a $5m campaign to pay for its new Mornington headquarters. The building will provide the first permanent home for the 30-year-old organisation that supports people suffering from a terminal illness.

Too poor to die: how funeral poverty is surging in the UK

UK – The Guardian

Funeral costs have risen 80% in a decade, leaving the poorest and most vulnerable unable to bury their dead, writes Dawn Foster

Campaign launched to highlight grieving fathers

ehospice International Children’s

The #Daddyandme campaign to be launched before Father’s Day on 21 June by Irish charity Aman Cara highlights the often neglected grief of fathers who have lost a son or daughter.

Launch of new guides for family members and carers of people with dementia

ehospice Ireland

The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland yesterday formally launched three new factsheets aimed at family members and carers of those with dementia.

Celebrating an artist’s work and wish

ehospice USA

Najim H. Chechen lost his wife to cancer but is keeping her spirit alive through her – and his – art.

What have we learned from our LBGT friends?

ehospice UK

Dallas Pounds, CEO at Trinity Hospice, updates ehospice on how the hospice’s LGBT Friends group is helping it to build an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.