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“He may be dead but his spirit is still with us”

Today the world mourns and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela. From the news coverage on the BBC it seems the people of South Africa see this more as a time to celebrate his life than mourn his death. Listening to the

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White mice, Nazis, Elephants and my Mum

As I tucked in to my BLT, minus the lettuce, who has lettuce for breakfast? I reflected I’d driven 500 miles in the last few days visiting Birmingham, Norwich and Peterborough. Birmingham to see my mum Maureen. 84 years of

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Death and dementia – the last taboos? – Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall

Sue Ryder do some fantastic work in palliative care. When they invited me to help run a Death Café at Thorpe Hall I jumped at the chance. The last one went so well we have another coming up. We wont

Posted in Death, Dementia

The Death Cafe is back in Bury St Edmunds

Back in the Spring we ran a series of drop in Death Cafes in Bury St Edmunds, which were well received. We’ve decided to continue to run them monthly up until Christmas. You’re very welcome to come along for all

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Death in Italy

San Quirico Tuscany I’m sitting by my Tuscan swimming pool as I write. As I’m touching on the subject of death and the Catholic church, I’m conscious of a large chasm opening in front of me. With that in mind,

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Does our desire for the good life cause us to isolate those who remind us of our mortality?

The Death Cafe is pretty big in the USA. My American cousins were visiting recently and hadn’t heard of it. My Cousin Marilyn has just sent me an article from her local paper which I reproduce below. I was particularly

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Law on Intestacy to change?

The government put forward in the House of Lords this week, The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill It aims to reform and simplify the distribution of the estate of someone who dies intestate (without making a will) in England and

Posted in Legal

Life, death and George Osborne with the Bury St Edmunds Chamber

Nigel George talks to the Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce First Friday Club Bury St Edmunds Chamber website: Every year since I’ve been a member of the Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, they have been kind enough

Posted in Legal

Whose kidney is it?

What is the most precious thing you can leave when you die? Is it your house, your car? or is it the gift of life? According to the BBC, three people die each day due to a lack of organ

Posted in Health

The Death Cafe comes to Saffron Walden

The life, death, cake and contemplation road show, the hallmark of all good Death Cafe’s, is on its way to Saffron Walden. It’s going to be run by Ritama Rudder and Maneesha James. They both came to the last Café

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