Pushing Up The Daisies Presents… Is This It?

Margot arms upWith Poet and Storyteller, Margot Henderson 

A one-woman show that looks death in the face and tells it like it is, straight from the corpse’s mouth.  A warm wry take on the journey from cradle to grave, through love and loss and all that death brings in its wake. This piece brings us up close and personal and asks some of the big questions:

How do we deal with death when it comes to the door? What binds us together, what tears us apart?

“A startling, honest raw, warm piece. No shying away from death or grief, all the more amazing for that.” -Wendy

“Its all the things that grief is if we allow ourselves to feel it, heartfelt, amusing, irrational.”  –Kate

Rebel Rebel – how Bowie shone a spotlight on palliative and end of life care
Mark Taubert

A lecture by Mark Taubert, Clinical Director and Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff.

Has the world gone mad since David Bowie’s death? The answer of course is ‘yes’, and ’42’, but we appear to be quickly adapting. Can a completely relaxed, even humorous chat about your own future dying moments become part of this crazy ‘new normal’? In this talk, Dr Mark Taubert will talk about life in his various NHS and hospice work settings after David Bowie’s death and how numerous conversations cascaded off into something much larger; including an unwanted visit from the Daily Mail. Some of these conversations about dying still feel like taboos in 21st century medicine, where defying death still seems to be a primary objective amongst many doctors, nurses, patients and their loved-ones. Mark will share anecdotes and stories from work in a hospice and the wider NHS.

Thursday 17 August, 7.30pm – 9pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh.  Book tickets here: Book tickets.

Doctors, dying and death since the nineteenth century

David ClarkProf David Clark in conversation with Mark Hazelwood.

In 1854 Edinburgh medical student Hugh Noble wrote a thesis on the care of the dying. He called it ‘euthanasia’, meaning an easeful death and was keen to distinguish that from the deliberate shortening of life. Although Noble disappeared into medical obscurity, his ideas were developed by others that followed him. Slowly, western societies began to wake up to the growing challenge of providing appropriate care at the end of life.

Doctors took advantage of new pain relieving drugs and created elaborate concoctions to alleviate the distress of the dying. They looked to the importance of nursing care, as well as religious and moral support.  Modern palliative care was being born. The meaning of ‘euthanasia’ also started to change. Even as death became a taboo of contemporary life, the mid-20th century saw growing interest in care of the dying and how it could be improved.

Mark HazelwoodIn this session sociologist and writer Professor David Clark can be found in conversation with Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.  They will discuss David’s new book on the history of palliative medicine – To Comfort Always (Oxford University Press 2016). Come along for an insightful and at times wry look at one of the great challenges facing medicine today.

Thursday 24th August, 7.30pm – 9pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh.   Book tickets here: Book tickets.