Links

Here, in no particular order, are a range of websites, books and other resources that I have found interesting, useful, thought-provoking and informative.

Judy MacDonald Johnston helped two elderly friends have the end of life they wanted. The experience showed her what is needed to achieve this – making a plan, recruiting advocates, being hospital ready, choosing a place and caregivers, and discussing last words. She has developed five worksheets, one for each of these principles, to help guide people through their planning.

An initiative of a group of concerned doctors, clergy and media, dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. It includes a kit designed to help people have the all important but difficult conversation about end-of-life choices.

This book had a profound effect on me as it gave me a new way of viewing dying and death, and enabled me to find the ‘gift’ in my Nan’s illness and death.

Sherwin B. Nuland (surgeon and author of “How We Die”) debates the necessity of death with Aubrey de Grey (biogerontologist and author of “Ending Aging”). This short video excerpt is from a documentary ‘How To Live Forever’.

“Have you ever heard anyone’s last words? Not just their last words to you…but their last words ever, to anyone? I have. More times than I want, but it wasn’t me those people wanted to hear their last words. It just comes with my job. I am one of the people who decide what sort of death other people have.”

 

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At 2013 Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Dr David Celermajer, Dr Peter Saul and The End author Bianca Nogrady dissected, diagnosed and debated death in an attempt to work out where we went wrong with death and how we might be able to fix it. Watch it here.

Death: what are your choices

Death is a lot like birth. Sometimes it's a peaceful, even beautiful event that goes according to plan. Sometimes it's a horrible bloody mess that is utterly beyond all control. Most of the time, it's a bit of both. We have this idea that death is something that just happens to us. It's true, you will, at some point, die, and that is not subject to negotiation with any earthly power. But that doesn't mean that we are powerless in the face of death. Some of us can actually have a lot of say in the kind of death we have. Read more.