Death Café Brings Conversations About End of Life Issues to Castle Douglas

first_imgAcademics from the University of Glasgow have teamed up with Age Scotland to hold an evening of conversation about death and dying in a Castle Douglas café to mark Death Awareness Week. Although a death café is not a support group, information will be available for anyone who would like to seek professional advice on issues such as how to write a will or an advance directive. Iain Howie, Regional Ambassador for Age Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Death should no longer be regarded as a taboo subject. Death is inevitable for all of us, but reluctance to discuss the issue can lead to unnecessary distress and confusion regarding end of life care and funeral wishes. Death cafes provide an ideal setting for individuals to learn what choices are available in a casual, informative setting.” “Death cafés are increasing in popularity and we are helping different venues and groups to organise them in the Dumfries and Galloway area. It’s a chance for people to come together and talk about any issue they wish, relating to death and dying.” The Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, based at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus, is investigating the rise in popularity of death cafés. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project Global Interventions at the End of Life. Death cafés are believed to have started in 2004, when Swiss sociologist, Bernard Crettaz, hosted “Cafés mortels” and included them in a book about his research. In England, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs in parallel with the Scottish event. Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. “We are delighted to have the support of the Designs café, which is a lovely venue.” Death Awareness week runs from 9-15 May, 2016, organised in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief which is an alliance of organisations and individuals that want to work together to raise public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and to promote community involvement in death, dying and bereavement. This year’s theme is ‘it takes a village’, celebrating all the people who have ever come together to care for a dying person. Death is a subject which many people find difficult to talk about, and this rare event offers local people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe and relaxing environment. He added: “In my experience, death cafés are very rewarding. You get to tell your stories and express your opinions and experiences about a matter that affects us all, something which we don’t often get to do in our normal social circles. There are always some laughs too. Professor David Clark, founder of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, said “We are delighted to be working with Age Scotland, Designs Café and local organisers to hold this death café in Castle Douglas during Death Awareness Week. The team will not be carrying out any research at this event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn  The event is free and open to all, and will be held at the Designs café in Castle Douglas. It runs from  7-9pm on May 9.last_img read more

What is latest update on Deontay Wilder’s injury, did his eardrum burst, and what happened with outfit in Fury defeat?

first_imgDEONTAY WILDER is no longer a world heavyweight champion after losing his WBC title in emphatic fashion to Tyson Fury.The Bronze Bomber was well beaten by the Gypsy King and saw his corner throw in the towel in the seventh round after continued damage to his ear.Wilder was rumoured to have suffered a burst eardrum during the fightCredit: ReutersWhat is the latest update on Deontay Wilder’s injury?Reports immediately after the fight suggested that Deontay Wilder had suffered a burst eardrum.And concern grew for the Bronze Bomber when he was unable to attend his press conference amid rumours he had been taken to hospital.However, ESPN’s Dan Rafael later tweeted to state that Wilder was not rushed to hospital as he was made to wait in his dressing room to provide a urine sample.And Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel then said that the Bronze Bomber had sustained a cut to his ear, which was stitched up in his dressing room.After the fight had finished, Wilder trainer Jay Deas blasted coach Mark Breland for throwing in the towel.He said: “Mark threw the towel. I didn’t think he should’ve. Deontay’s the kind of guy that’s the go-out-on-his-shield kind of guy.“He [Wilder] will tell you, straight up, don’t throw the towel in.”Following the defeat, Wilder has been handed a six-week medical ban from boxing.What happened with Deontay Wilder’s ring walk outfit?Deontay Wilder was blasted by fans for making the “worst excuse of all time” after he blamed his “heavy” £31k ring walk outfit for his defeat. The Bronze Bomber came covered head-to-toe in a 45-pound costume for Black History Month.Wilder notably had little power in his legs during the fight, with many pundits attributing that to the early blows taken from Fury to his ear.But he told Yahoo: “He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me.“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through.“It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’Deontay Wilder claimed his ring walk outfit was too heavy for himCredit: AP:Associated Press“Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things.“I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.“I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy. It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries.“I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”Frank Warren gives his opinion on Deontay Wilder’s ring walk costume after loss to Tyson Fury 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Animals are so funny that you can die of laughtercenter_img Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Most awesome bullfighting festival People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.last_img read more