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How to talk about death and dying

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Talking about death and dying can be met with horror especially if the conversation seems out of the blue. A colleague Juli told me she had told her daughter what she wanted for some of her funeral service, and was taken aback when her daughter rounded on her and told…

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Why is End of Life Planning Important?

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The Importance of End of Life Planning Why is End of Life Planning so important? Surely at some point it’ll all get taken care of, right?  Wrong! The vast majority of people wait until it’s too late to start their End of Life plan.  It’s not until stress, worry or…

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What age should you start end of life planning?

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When is the best time to start end of life planning? It’s a common question and the truthful answer is from age 18, i.e. when you are an adult. However, realistically, this is probably not going to happen – remember when you were 18? It’s most likely you felt that…

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The Gratitude Guy Podcast

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Interview on the Gratitude Guy Podcast. David George Brooke, the Gratitude Guy interviews Jane Duncan Rogers and her journey on how she came to do what she does today, training people to become End of Life Planning Facilitators. David wants to know how her journey began, starting with when she…

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The Yeukai Business Show podcast

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Listen to Jane’s interview on the Yeukai Business Show podcast. Jane and Yeukai spoke about taking care of your own end of life plan first and inspiring others in your business. So, listen in now Welcome to Episode 421 of the Yeukai Business Show. In this episode,  Jane Duncan Rogers…

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How to Have Difficult Conversations

How to Have Difficult Conversations

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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The Challenges of Difficult Conversations  In life, it’s all too easy to avoid difficult conversations until we’re forced to confront them.  When that happens, we find ourselves feeling uncomfortable, out of place and rushed as we’re sprung into making decisions at what can seem to be the worst possible time. So,…

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What is UK National Reflection Day?

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The U.K. reflects on its National Day of Covid-19 This day is UK National Reflection Day. Two years ago, the country was turned upside down in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Countless lives have been lost, families bruised, and all generations suffered. Today, we come together to reflect over…

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How death affects a child

How does death affect a child

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Assumptions are easy to make when we think of how death affects a child, as I learned after my late husband died and then we had another tragedy in the family. A child’s perception of death Just 3 months after his death, his grand-daughter, aged just 16, also died of…

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How to keep my end of life plan secure

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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You may have read in the press, all about Biscuit Tin, who a few days ago were on Dragons Den (equivalent to Shark Tank in USA). Sheila Hogan, who founded Biscuit Tin as a result of her parents’ deaths, had a similar idea to mine when I started Before I…

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7 Tips For A Good Valentine’s Day When You Are On Your Own

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Some suggestions and practical actions to help cope with Valentines Day when you are on your own, whether by choice or not.

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When the Queen Dies

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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When the Queen dies, there is a plan. It’s called ‘Operation London Bridge’. (‘London Bridge is down’ is the code for passing on the information that she has actually died) What happens when the Queen dies It’s a highly detailed plan (you can read all about it on Wikipedia). Everyone…

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A reason for living when someone close has died

A reason for living when someone close has died

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A reason for living, when someone close has died is demonstrated perfectly with Ricky Gervais. He plays Tony in ‘After Life‘ currently on Netflix. He struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife. Here are my observations and the lessons we can take from this series. Why…

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Podcast Interview with The Discomfort Practice

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Betsy Reed of The Discomfort Practice interviewed me for her podcast. Podcast interview with The Discomfort Practice If ever there is a discomforting conversation, it is about death. But this particular one includes much more. In this podcast interview with The Discomfort Practice, Jane shares insights about her personal journey through…

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How to get end of life planning actually done

How to get end of life planning actually done

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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When you know end of life planning is important, and you know you want to get your end of life plan actually done, there’s a few things that need to be put in place first, to set yourself up for success.

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How to choose a funeral director

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Choosing a funeral director isn’t something often mentioned in polite society. Because it means acknowledging the fact of death. but it’s kinder to those you leave behind if that decision is already taken care of. Here’s 5 tips how to pick a funeral director before it’s really needed.

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7 Reasons to NOT make a will during Free Wills Month! (UK)

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It’s Free Wills Month during October here in the UK. Which means you can get your will drawn up for free from participating solicitors. Maybe you’re still thinking of putting it off. Here’s some reasons and consequences to NOT making a will during Free Wills Month. Reasons NOT to sort…

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When should you write your last will and testament?

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Read what small step you can do today to help you move forward with writing your last will and testament, and why it’s a good idea right now, even if you don’t live in the UK

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Ross Shire Journal – share in £1.5m award

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Article in Ross Shire Journal reporting that Before I Go is named one of 10 national “Changemakers” helping people cope with money pressures. Here’s an extract from the original article A social enterprise which encourages people to make plans for the end of their lives while they can has been…

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Advantages of Age – Sep 2021

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I was asked to write an article for the site Advantages of Age, about how I came to set up Before I Go Solutions after my first husband died. “Jane Duncan Rogers is the CEO of Before I Go Solutions. Her first husband died when she was 54 which led…

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How to get my family to let me go

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When you know you’re dying but your family can’t accept the fact. This article shares 3 tips how to get your family to let you go.

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Diane Wyzga Podcast interview – part 2

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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This is Part 2 of the podcast interview I did with Diane Wyzga where I spoke about the absolutely vital end-of-life planning work that I and my team are spreading around the world. We were talking about creating Before I Go Solutions as a non-profit when I was asked about…

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Diane Wyzga Podcast interview – part 1

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Diane Wyzga of Whidbey Island, Washington and her podcast Stories From Women Who Walk. Listen to me being interviewed about my journey. Transcript: Today my guest is Jane Duncan Rogers, founder and Chief Officer of Before I Go Solutions and Before I Go Academy who’s joining us from North Scotland.…

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What happens to your belongings when you die

What happens to your belongings when you die?

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This article is about what happens to your belongings when you die, particularly if you have no children to leave them to and some tips how to decide where your belongings go after you’ve gone.

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The ‘D’ Word – with Pete Hill at UK Health Radio

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Talking with Pete Hill of The ‘D’ Word (dementia). It’s so important for those with early signs of dementia and their loved ones to address the other ‘d’ word – death.

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End Of Life – with Erica at 12Radio

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Would you want a copy of your loved one’s fingerprint after they have died?  Or even before?
What would you want to wear in your coffin? Should black armbands be brought back? Just a few of the fascinating topics we covered in this podcast.

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Charity Today – May 2021

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I talk to Charity Today about how my End-of-life Planning Cards can help society get more open about grief, death and dying.

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What signs do we get from people who have died?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Staying alert to signs can be a way to find comfort and support as you move forward with your life after a bereavement. Find out how a woodpecker helped Jane!

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Death By Design – in conversation with Kimberley Paul

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Learn why end of life planning is so crucial and why people don’t realise this until it’s too late. And how laughter when talking about this subject is so important!

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Who should I appoint as my power of attorney?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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If you’re not sure who you should choose for the different types of power of attorney here are some ideas to help you.

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What’s the difference between a will and power of attorney?

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Learn the difference between a will and power of attorney, and when each of them takes effect.

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What happens after I die?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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What happens after death is one of those perennial questions! Jane shares her thoughts on some of the different aspects you might want to consider.

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What does a white feather mean?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Discover how the lightness of a feather (or three) helped Jane move through the gravity of grief.

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What is a burial shroud?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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This article discusses everything you need to know about what is a burial shroud, the alternative to a coffin. What a burial shroud looks like and if they’re legal or not.  “Would you rather your body was wrapped in a shroud, or placed in a coffin?” I asked this…

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How do I start on sorting out my stuff?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Sorting out your stuff can sometimes feel so overwhelming that it’s really hard to get going. Here are my top 3 tips to help you make a start.

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Is there life after loss?

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When you’re bereaved, it’s easy to think there will never be any quality of life after loss. It’s such a hard time, but this story gives hope, inspiration and a sense of possibility, especially for those in the older stage of life.

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What’s the difference between end of life plan facilitators and end of life doulas? 

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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End of life as a phrase has become much more common in the last few years, initially attached to the word ‘doulas’, and now there are end of life plan facilitators, or consultants, and even coaches. So what’s the actual difference?   An end of life doula is someone who…

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Interview with Silver Tent TV

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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In this intimate interview Siobhan A Riordan of Silver Tent TV talks with Jane Duncan Rogers about the lessons she learnt accompanying her husband to end of life.

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How do I organise my old photos?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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How do I organise my old photos is something many have asked me about. It’s a great question, and very relevant for many of us of a certain age! And indeed if you are asking this question you are likely to have boxes/albums/files full of black and white photos, many…

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How do I create a legacy book?

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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings. Here’s how you can leave tangible memories for your children and grandchildren.

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In conversation with Dr Kathryn Mannix

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Watch or read a conversation about what dying is really like, and how best to plan for a good death, with Jane and Dr Kathryn Mannix, palliative care doctor and author of ‘With the End in Mind’

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Ariane Burgess MSP & Jane Duncan Rogers: Chats About Life

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Jane joins Ariane Burgess to discuss how planning for death can be included in living a more sustainable life.

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Will Coronavirus Change Our Conversations About Death?

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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A useful conversation set up by Compassion in Dying (UK), with several presenters, including a breast surgeon (who also has breast cancer); an intensive care anaesthetist; and a palliative care doctor.

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Do we really need to be frightened by death to fully appreciate life?

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We’ve become so far removed from death that when the effect of the pandemic began to hit hard, we were stunned and shocked. How dare this happen, to us, who are so used to being in charge of life?

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How to plan for the end of life – Dying Matters Week UK

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During Dying Matters week, I was delighted to be asked to post about just how you really DO plan – here are some pointers to get you going on your plan for the end of life.  Even more essential now in these days of the pandemic.

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Coping with the personal impact of multiple deaths and losses: for care home workers

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Jane talks about cumulative grief – and how to cope with the losses which are happening in care homes, and all over the world as a result of COVID-19.

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Heroic Journeys: from crisis to transformation – with Michael Banks

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Dying to Talk – why the coronavirus is a great opportunity for a neglected conversation. Jane joins this podcast to offer practical advice.

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Funerals and body disposal in the time of coronavirus

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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In my book, Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating A Good End of Life Plan, I introduced the idea of the separation of the disposal of the body from the ritual involved in what has traditionally been called a funeral, and which is what we are familiar with.…

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Coronavirus: stay home or go to hospital?

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If I have coronavirus, is it better to stay at home or go to hospital? Dr Kathryn Mannix answers the question. #havetheconversation

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Coronavirus and being out of control – but here’s what you CAN control

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Suddenly the possibility of death from COVID-19 has come closer much more swiftly than we might have anticipated. However, although we may not have any control over when, where or how the coronavirus will be in our area, we DO have control over how we meet it.  We CAN manage…

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Coronavirus, life, death and fear: 3 pointers when feeling out of control

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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3 ways to calm fear thoughts when worries about coronavirus threaten to take over

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