I’m writing a funeral today and thinking about suicide, the funeral eulogy and breaking the silence.
Assisted Suicide vote in Scotland
The date for the first Assisted Suicide vote in the Scotland has been set for 27 May. This has been announced in the middle of Dying Matters Awareness Week. This is an historic event and we hope you will engage in this incredibly important decision by sharing your views with your MSP. This message has […]
Suicide and young adults
Suicide and young adults is a growing issue. This week Catriona Taylor shares thoughts about suicide and young adults, a topic close to her heart. She’s making a film called Careless to help combat the problems. Please help the project happen.
The Scottish Parliament has carried out a public consultation to invite broad views on the subject of Assisted Dying. These are now in. They have published a report that pulls together the outcomes.
Death Cafe of Remembrance – reportback
Final Fling held a Death Cafe of Remembrance on Saturday to mark To Absent Friends week: “very supportive environment” “I can’t remember when I was last among such a thoughtful, interesting and interested group of people”
Traditions + beliefs
Traditions and beliefs around death change with the fashion. The Victorians photographed the dead, then that practice went out of fashion. Christians used to think suicide was honourable then changed their mind. How we die depends very much on our culture and society.
Suicide is on the increase. For every 1% increase in unemployment there’s a 1% increase in suicide. The official approach within the caring professions is to respect the individual’s right to choose and many more social workers and medical staff are trained to support people who are suicidal.