A Good Death: Conversations with East Londoners by Lesley Cullen, Michael Young

By Lesley Cullen, Michael Young

A reliable Death is predicated on a survey in East London and gives a variety of interesting and valuable insights into all facets of experiencing dying and surviving grief. The voices within the publication are these of people that have controlled to manage regardless of being below the shadow of imminent demise. Their event can be a convenience to anyone in an identical state of affairs. A stable Death is meant for those who are loss of life, for his or her lay carers and for scholar medical professionals, nurses and social staff.

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Yes,’ I said. ’ He was certainly well known in the Spitalfields Vegetable Market where he’d worked as a tea-boy for the porters while at school, and then got a job there when he first left school. The market porters all belonged to three big families, the Filsons, the Langtons and the Barneys. Jimminy’s mother was a Filson, Mrs Langton was a Filson. Seventy members of the three families were employed there, mostly fathers and sons. When fathers died, sons took over. fourteen. All the carts belonged to Jimminy’s uncles, the Langtons.

I wake up at night and think of her and cry myself to sleep. Three or four years before we met, a daughter had died and while we knew him, a sister and a son-in-law. There was not much left to attach him to life. 24 THE PATIENTS Jack Dickson was the same in one important way—having a ‘character’ which had been well known to many people of his acquaintance. Jack Dickson (77) Colon cancer. Spitalfields. Widower. Of seven brothers, only he and another one in New Zealand are left. Of his five sisters, two survive and come to see him.

Cancer of the pancreas. She looks tired as well as elegant as she moves her long limbs slowly and carefully. Her husband, John, has given up his work so that he can look after her. Jennifer spent the first 24–36 hours after having been told her diagnosis in a state of shock which was no less because, as a nurse, she had had experience of giving the same news to other patients. It might be described as denial because she was unable to handle the information she was given and could not remember the substance of conversations with her doctors.

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