We are a group of staff and students at the University of Bradford with an interest in death, dying and grief. Many of us are pre-registration nursing students, across adult, children and mental health nursing. We believe that death is something that is not talked about and that this can make it harder for us as individuals but also for those of who care for others.
See below for some info on the group – it is constantly changing and evolving and if you are at the University of Bradford and would like to get involved, get in touch.
I’m Ben a second year adult nurse. I have three nursing interests: end of life care, tropical medicine and emergency care. My background is in Accident & Emergency, but as a result of my nurse training I am now challenging some previous thoughts I had on palliative care. I appreciate I need to slow down and embrace the holistic approach that isn’t always possible in an emergency setting.
As part of the Death Café I have organised for a charity called SANDS to come in on Monday the 18th of May. This charity specialises in stillbirth and neonatal death and will be there to talk to people about their losses or students who want to find out more. For me my past A&E experience has shown me the immeasurable grief this causes and as a result has become an interest of mine.
Hello I’m Leon, a Final Year Adult Nursing student at The University of Bradford. I am Coordinating the conference and undertaking the master of ceremonies role. I have special nursing interest in critical care and ways to provide excellent palliative care within acute environments.
Hi, I’m Laura Middleton-Green and I am a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford. I never really intended to become a Macmillan nurse… I started out in medicine, then philosophy, then midwifery, and then a combination of personal bereavements and an inspiring and life-changing clinical placement in palliative care opened my eyes to death; the beautiful, the tragic, the amazing, the difficult. I am passionate about end of life care, and about opening up conversations about death and dying with friends, families, colleagues and society, so that we can learn to appreciate this world while we are still breathing. As Kirkegaard says, “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”