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Celebrating success and positive alternatives – Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service

Laura Pattison works with Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service. Before working at LSBS, Laura worked for St Gemma’s Hospice and was part of the teams which completed service evaluations for Women’s Health and Counselling and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre. In … Continue reading

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Don’t leave it unsaid says poet Ian McMillan as part of the Dying Matters in Leeds Big Conversation

‘I’m happy to support this campaign because dying is part of everyday life, and the more we talk about it the less scary it gets; and I’ve made a will because then my loved ones will have one less thing … Continue reading

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Why are we talking about Dying Matters in Leeds?

Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away. Here in Leeds, thanks to the Dying Matters Partnership, we’re trying out a new approach –the Big Conversation – … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the city one LEGO brick at a time and planning Darth Vader’s funeral – It’s all in a days work

“You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation” – Plato Carole Clark, Leeds City Council Ageing Well Officer, tells us about her experience using LEGO® Serious Play® to … Continue reading

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Spooky spies and social work

Some might think this is the most tenuous link to have ever found itself on the Better Lives blog, but I have form in linking TV shows to social care (see the Coronation Street one). I mean spies of the … Continue reading

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A unique tribute to a unique life – A day in the life of a Funeral Director

                        Ever wondered what work is like in the funeral industry? For Dying Matters awareness week I spoke to Phil Barr, Regional Manager at The Co-operative Funeralcare. I asked Phil … Continue reading

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Dying to be heard… please

There are some blog subjects that are easy to write and a delight to research. Then there are some which make you stop and shudder; that stay with you long after the words have been written and the ‘save’ button … Continue reading

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