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The Leveson Centre for the study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy

Dying in Older Age

Reflections and experiences from an older person's perspective

This publication contains a summary of a major report entitled End-of-Life Care by Jane Seymour, Ros Witherspoon, Merryn Gott, Helen Ross and Sheila Payne published by The Policy Press and Help the Aged. It also includes seven inspiring articles on death and dying written by older people. Among its recommendations are that dying, so often a taboo subject, should be recognised as an integral part of the life course and that in that context we should expect the same concern for quality and fairness as we do in other life events. It also concludes that the life stories and spiritual beliefs of older people and how these link to their experiences of the end of life and of bereavement need to be better understood.

The short report, price £5.00, is available by phoning 020 7239 1946 or e-mailing and the full report, price £14.99 (plus £2.75 postage and packing) by phoning 01235 465500 or e-mailing

The Director of the Leveson Centre, James Woodward, and one of our patrons, Albert Jewell, were interviewed about this report on the Sunday programme on Radio 4 on 29 May 2005

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