The Life and Death Podcast

We are very excited to be launching The Life and Death Podcast – honest conversations about what a good death really means and end of life care.

You’ll hear from both givers and receivers of palliative and end of life care and get a deeper understanding of what it takes to provide specialist, compassionate hospice care and give an insight into Ashgate Hospicecare and the people we support.

Your host, Stephen Rumford, senior physiotherapist at Ashgate Hospicecare, brings together patients and professionals to chat about their unique relationships, hospice life, and dying well. Each episode follows a different pair and another side of hospice life.

You can listen to the latest episodes below…

Episode Six: Arlene and Ellie

In this episode we hear from Arlene, Head of Supportive care at Ashgate Hospicecare and Ellie, who runs the Ashgate choir, as they discuss their personal experiences of bereavement, grieving at Christmas time, and how singing has helped their mental health.

“I learnt to let go of that guilt for feeling okay”.

Episode Five: Stephen and Barbara-Anne

Stephen, senior physiotherapist at Ashgate Hospicecare, chats with the hospice’s Chief Executive Barbara-Anne. They discuss the person behind the title, their views of life and death, and how their perspectives have been shaped by working in the hospice sector.

“There are some people that just get under my defences”.

Episode Four: Carl and Tom

Tom, who has been a passionate fundraiser since his Dad died in 2018, chats with fundraising manager Carl about family, loss, and the incredible cycling he completed during lockdown.

“You’ve got the fuel with what you’ve been through to be able to do it”.

Episode Three: Liz and Sarah

Sarah, whose partner Jackie died in 2017, and her bereavement counsellor Liz, chat about loss, coping with death, and how they have worked through Sarah’s grief together.

“I think bereavement starts before somebody has died.” – Sarah

Episode Two: Sarah and Lynette

Dr Sarah Parnacott and her patient Lynette, who is living with an incurable tumour, chat about their relationship, providing care for patients with complex needs and the importance of a dignified death.

“All my patients have an incurable illness but like Lynette, they’re very much about living.” – Dr Sarah Parnacott

Episode One: Stephen and Roy

Senior physiotherapist Stephen, and his patient Roy, chat about what it means to live and die well, and what Ashgate Hospicecare means to them both. It will move you, make you laugh and make you think.

“You’re on this earth to live, and the dying side sorts itself out.” – Roy

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