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Two Senior Research Associate Positions – University College London

Two senior research associate positions are being advertised by University College London. The first position is for a clinical researcher to be based in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit. Applicants should have a background in mental health, occupational therapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, elderly or palliative care. Requirements include a higher degree in a health, psychology or social care related discipline and clinical experience. Experience in qualitative or mixed methods research is desirable.

The application deadline for this position is quite soon: 13/9/2013

For more information click here

The second position is for a non-clinical researcher to be based in the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care. The successful applicant will contribute to research involving children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Applicants should have a background in a health related or social science discipline and experience in ethnographic research techniques, including participant-observation and open-ended, semi- structured interviews.

Closing Date: 27/9/2013

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ALIVE: In the face of death

Fashion photographer Rankin departs from his usual subject matter in his new project ‘ALIVE: In the face of death‘.

Highlighting taboos surrounding death and dying, Rankin is photographing people with life limiting illnesses. The portraits make his subjects uniquely visible at a time when many experience profound loss of identity.

An exhibition of the portraits can be viewed at The Walker Gallery, Liverpool.

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (Oct 3-6, 2013). The conference is aimed at medical professionals and focuses on education initiatives for non-palliative care specialists.


Death: A Self-portrait – The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is currently exhibiting a collection devoted to the iconography of death.

The exhibition challenges our cultural taboos surrounding death and dying and investigates ‘the value of art in evolving ideas about death and the body’.

The exhibition, ‘Death: A self-portrait, the Richard Harris Collection‘ runs from 15 November 2012 to 24 February 2013 at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, England.

Traditional Healers’ Views of the Required Processes for a “Good Death” Among Xhosa Patients Pre- and Post-Death

An interesting article has recently been published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management concerning Xhosa traditional healers’ views of a ‘good death’. The abstract is reproduced below and the full article can be accessed here.


South Africa faces enormous HIV-related mortality and increasing cancer incidence. Traditional healers are the preferred source of advice and care in Africa, and this is true for the large Xhosa ethnic group.


To provide more appropriate multidimensional, culturally suitable care at the end of life; this study aimed to identify the care needs and cultural practices of Xhosa patients and families at the end of life, from the perspective of traditional healers.


The study design was qualitative and cross-sectional. The research took place in a 300 km radius around East London, and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Interviewees were Xhosa individuals, who were recognized by their communities as traditional healers. Data from two focus groups and eight individual interviews were analyzed, using an inductive thematic approach.


Data were elicited around the facilitation of a good death in terms of care needs before death and important rituals after death. Care needs before death focused on relief of psychosocial suffering; the importance of the spoken word at the deathbed; and the importance of a relationship and spiritual connection at the end of life. There were broad similarities across the rituals described after death, but these rituals were recognized to differ according to family customs or the dying person’s wishes.


Awareness of potential needs at the end of life can assist clinicians to understand the choices of their patients and develop effective end-of-life care plans that improve the outcomes for patients and families.

Citation: Graham N, Gwyther L, Tiso T, Harding R (2012) Traditional Healers’ Views of the Required Processes for a “Good Death” Among Xhosa Patients Pre- and Post-Death. J Pain Symptom Manage [Epub ahead of print].

2nd International Seminar of the PRC and EAPC RN, Ghent, Belgium

The Second International Seminar of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and the European Association for Palliative Care Research Network will be held in Ghent Oct 18-19, 2012.

The Seminar focuses specifically on research in end-of-life care and has what looks like an interesting scientific programme.

Click here for more details.

Still/Here (1997)

The dance ‘Still/Here’ was created by the dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones based on a series on workshops he conducted across America with people suffering from terminal illnesses.

The workshops allowed participants to share their stories, hopes and fears and express themselves through movement.

The footage of these workshops shown in the documentary reveals participants tentatively producing movements to reflect their biographies or describing spontaneous movements, with often poetic results.

Workshop participants words and movements were incorporated into the dance Still/Here and interpreted by professional dancers.
If the below video fails to load – the documentary can be accessed here