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2.12. Death: Terminal illness and the right to die

2.12. Death: Terminal illness and the right to die

By Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia

Warning: Discussions around suicide and assisted dying. If you need someone to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123. 

It happens to everybody but nobody wants to talk about it: the irony is, it's often the not talking about death that makes it such a terrible thing.

For our season finale, we bring you a special-length investigation into the real-life consequences of silence and stigma around dying. Doctors are restricted by it, patients isolated and otherised for it, families unable to prepare and grieve properly, and those who want choice about how they die are denied it and even criminalised. Media Storm speaks to families and individuals affected by terminal illness and grief about the choices and conversations they’d like to have more of.

The episode is hosted by Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia), with research by Eliza Mellor. The music is by @soundofsamfire. With special thanks to On Road Media. 


Ellie Ball @wee_ellsterDignity in Dying @dignityindyingDr Finella Craig, Great Ormond Street Hospital @GreatOrmondStSimon Blake @simonblakeHospice UK's Dying Matters Campaign @hospiceuk @DyingMattersAongola's Story 


On Road Media's Children's Palliative Care project: May Children's Hospices at Home: For Short Lives: Blake's blog & Brothers: Stories about the death of a sibling, by Julie Bentley and Simon Blake


Terminal illness and 'suicide' findings assisted dying in Switzerland care funding care access care and life expectancy public opinions poll

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