Education, End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Hmmm…Convos on Death?

An article I came across on LinkedIn today by a colleague whom I know through LinkedIn is titled:

What we can learn from death rites of the past will help us treat the dead and grieving better today


“This taboo around death is a fairly modern, Western phenomenon. Past and present, societies have dealt with death and dying in diverse ways. It is clear from, for example, the outpouring of grief at Princess Diana’s death, and the conversations opening up around the 20th anniversary of the event, that these outlets are needed in our society too. High-profile celebrity deaths serve as sporadic catalysts for conversations that should be happening every day, in everyday lives.”

There is a group of individuals around the world trying to change this taboo and make death part of life again, meaning discussions and planning need to occur! I am one of these individuals; there are many more of us.

Why the fear? What changed over the past 100 years? Death happened at home in the past. The funeral and wake took place in the home and the whole community attended and assisted with the burial.

Then WWII happened and all changed. Too much death maybe? Too much destruction? More wars followed after….and still death is taboo today. Slowly this is changing….more of us are being vocal about the need for change, for discussions, but we are also the younger generation meaning baby boomers and younger.

Funerals are expensive! Burials are expensive! The average person needs 10-20k to die if using traditional funeral homes and doing a traditional burial. That is a lot of money and many do not have it. I do not have it. I opt for a more green burial and less expensive one as I am sure many others do or will as well.

“It was not so long ago in the UK that public outpouring of grief and practices that kept the dead close were acceptable. For example, in Victorian England, mourning clothes and jewelry were commonplace – Queen Victoria wore black for decades in mourning for Prince Albert.”

Today, death has been outsourced to professionals and, for many, dying happens in hospitals. But many doctors and nurses themselves feel uncomfortable with broaching the subject with relatives. Why is this? Are they not receiving training while in school? Why no training or discussions in the work place?

To work in a hospital, hospice or palliative care unit, to work with older adults…one must realize that patients and clients will die. Heck, we are all going to die one day! Accept this fact, stop trying to look younger and live longer with unnecessary tests, medications, and treatments if there is no hope, no proof it will help.

Instead, spend time with loved ones, enjoy life, and make the most of the time we have left…

Aging/Gerontology, Health Conditions/Diseases, Healthcare, Humanity, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Rapid assessment and frailty — British Geriatrics Society

This is awesome news and more hospitals should do this! Care beds for older adults and rapid assessment and treatment. Thoughts?


Beverley Marriott is a Advanced nurse practitioner working in the Birmingham community healthcare foundation trust. She is also a King’s College Older Person Fellow. There continues to be a growing emphasis on older people and emergency hospital admissions, with Frailty often used as a ‘wrap’ around term for ‘older people’. Older people with multiple complex […]

via Rapid assessment and frailty — British Geriatrics Society


“12 months, 12 gestures” spreading music in Hospitals

We give one step further within the initiative “12 months, 12 gestures” and focus on a word that represents the essence of the great work we do every day as health professionals:


Because we accompany our patients and their families every day. We accompany them since they are born until they die, often in hard and complicated times. At the same time we get involved, empathize, attend, ask, thank and above all… we look.

Why not putting background music? What do you think?

We have organized a programme of concerts in collaboration with the municipal schools of music of our region: Vegadeo, Coaña, Tapia de Casariego, Castropol, Navia, La Caridad, Orchestra of the Conservatory of Western Asturias. The concerts will be weekly and will take place in the Hall of the hospital in Jarrio at 6 PM. They are directed to patients and relatives of Jarrio hospital, as well as professionals in the Area of health and public in general.

Because music, like care, is an art that influences the physiological, psychic, and spiritual aspects of people; feelings and emotions. It brings benefits to health, well-being and quality of life.

I invite you to enter the Youtube channel of “12 months, 12 gestures”, where you can see videos of the initiatives that we are doing.

As Plato said: ” Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, to sadness and life comfort and joy to all things.” Welcome to the concerts of the health Area I-Jarrio (Asturias)!

A warm and musical embrace.

Delia Peñacoba Maestre
Head of Management of Care and Nursing Area I

*Original can be found at:

Re-posted with permission

Aging/Gerontology, News

Seniors cared for in hospitals as no where else to go….

Seniors/older adults go to the hospital due to illness, disease, crisis and then what?

“national statistics show there were 4, 200 so-called Bed Blockers across the country, half of them waiting to get into Long Term Care.”

There needs to be an affordable solution. Home with care or LTC placement? More of both need to be created, but the biggest obstacles are money, staff and quality care.