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3 tips on how to talk with someone who is dying

By Jane Duncan Rogers / July 11, 2018 / 4 Comments

Sylvia was becoming more and more frail. It was clear that, though in good spirits, her body was nearing the end of her life. She kept having visits to hospital, and had recently had a fall which had precipitated one of these. But how on earth do we talk with someone who is dying? If…

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9 Ways to Create a Memorial of Your Loved Ones

By Jane Duncan Rogers / July 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

  Walking in a beautiful memorial park in Coventry, England, dedicated to the huge numbers of men killed in both World Wars, I felt the peace in the air. All around me on this sunny day, families were out picnicking, playing and enjoying themselves and yet there was still a sense of peace. What a…

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What If You Knew You’d Be the Last To…?

By Jane Duncan Rogers / June 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone?       If you were taking tickets, for example, at the theatre, tearing them, giving back the ragged stubs, you might take care to touch that palm, brush your fingertips along the life line’s crease. When a man pulls his wheeled suitcase too…

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Seven Reasons To Bother Doing an End of Life Plan

By Jane Duncan Rogers / June 13, 2018 / 1 Comment

1. You fall ill or have an accident, having assumed that your next of kin will be able to take care of you. The term next of kin often means your nearest blood relative. In the case of a married couple or a civil partnership it usually means their husband or wife. However, it is…

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Why Bother Doing An End Of Life Plan?

By Jane Duncan Rogers / June 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

Let’s face it, there is never going to be a good time to address anything to do with dying, death or grief. When you’re fit and healthy, the last thing on your mind is the end of your life. However, this is actually the very time to take your head out of the sand and…

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Wills, Weddings and Updating Your Documentation

By Jane Duncan Rogers / May 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

The royal wedding here in the UK has been a huge topic in the media of all kinds these last few weeks. However, I can bet that hardly anyone has been also talking to Prince Harry and Meghan about a crucial thing that needs to happen when a couple get married. It’s more usually thought…

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What Is a ‘Good Death’? – 5 Contributing Factors

By Jane Duncan Rogers / May 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

My husband was lying in the hospital bed. Drains, tubes, and a catheter were connected to him in various ways. The constant beep-beep of the machine next to him was irritating beyond description, particularly at night-time. We’d been told there was nothing more they could do, and by this time he was too weak to…

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7 Practical Ways To Set Yourself Up For A Good Death

By Jane Duncan Rogers / May 2, 2018 / 1 Comment

I never thought about death much, other than as a concept, until my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Then it made its entrance with a bang. Even though he was 65, it felt far too young to be contemplating death. We learnt a lot about each other, about life, and about death in…

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3 Things to Do When You’re Afraid Of Your Spouse Dying First

By Jane Duncan Rogers / April 11, 2018 / 16 Comments

It was my greatest fear. Having had no children, the thought of my husband dying first and me being left alone in the world was something I simply couldn’t bear. Even if I had had children, the idea of my best friend, lover, business partner and companion leaving me behind was unbearable. So I didn’t…

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Top Regrets of the Dying – How To Avoid This One

By Jane Duncan Rogers / March 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

One of the top 5 regrets of the dying is ‘I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings’. Given that we never know when our life is going to come to an end, it’s a really good idea to not only express our feelings, but by doing that, keep our relationships up to…

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