The big full stop – my view of afterlife

Have you ever noticed Final Fling’s logo has a full stop in it? The big full stop – my view of afterlife.  You see I believe we die and we’re done, gone.  I was with my dad when he died. His ‘passing’ was electric: it felt like 5,000 volts leapt from him to me and […]

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Festival of Ian Smith

Originally conceived as a tribute to artist, performer and Glasgow’s Mischief La-Bas Director Ian Smith, who took his own life in 2014 after suffering with clinical depression, this is an expanded version of last year’s debut in Glasgow. The aim is to celebrate death, loved ones, art and life.

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Palliative care helps people live

This week, Professor Scott Murray talks about his belief that early palliative care helps people live with – not die from – a serious illness. A recent medical scare of his own means Scott has been able to bring a very different, personal lens to his thinking about his professional area of expertise.

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Woman’s Hour moment

Bucket List moment today. Got onto Woman’s Hour! Listen again. Jenni Murray was her usual amazing self, interviewing Fling blogger Dr Kate Granger, Jenny Katzinger, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, fab funeral director Emma O’Driscoll (and daughters) with myself and Emma Freud doing the last 5 minutes. As I heard someone say today, every time you take one […]

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Planning a good death

To kick off 2016, Jane Duncan Rogers ran a Planning a good death workshop, incorporating her own book, her Good Death Checklist and Final Fling’s planning tools, giving workshoppers the chance to chat, share, think, talk, plan and record. Here, Jane shares a bit about the session and the feedback. Our sell-out Planning a Good Death […]

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Planning for a Good Death – get it DONE in 2016

Have you had thoughts about planning for a good death? Join Jane Duncan Rogers for a two-morning workshop to actually complete your Good Death List – or the various sections on Final Fling, your choice. Whether you prefer entering your information online, or with pen and paper, this workshop gives you the chance to actually […]

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Grasping the nettle… the future of palliative care in Scotland

How does the future of palliative care in Scotland look? Well, talking to friends involved in death and dying down South, pretty good actually.

That’s in no small part to the work of an active and engaged group of people who meet as the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and who run the website Good Life Good Death Good Grief and its events, like To Absent Friends festival.

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Ideal Death Show 2015

The Ideal Death Show is a weekend gathering of entrepreneurs, pioneers and progressives from the funeral industry. At the Ideal Death Show you can talk about bereavement, funeral planning and the more unusual ways that people are choosing to mark their own passing. We pick the best lecturers to talk about topics like what it feels like […]

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Supporting a child after bereavement

This week we bring you advice on supporting a child after bereavement from our friends at Winston’s Wish. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 30,000 bereaved children and young people after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, so that they can face the future with confidence and hope.

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Dying to Live workshop, Cornwall June 2015

Dying to Live workshops offer TIME and PEACE FOR YOU to contemplate life and death in the most positive way. They’ve been happening twice a year in Cornwall and Dorset for the last 15 years, thanks to the energy and skills of Archa Kate Robinson.

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