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Ireland expecting 84% increase of people needing palliative care

Trinity’s Centre for Health Policy and Management and The Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing (TILDA) recently conducted a study that estimates a 84% increase of people passing from a serious illness by 2046 TILDA collects information on all aspects of…

France’s new law on end of life drugs will improve palliative care

Currently, end-of-life patients in pain have to be admitted to the hospital before being able to receive relieving sedative drug, Midazolam. New regulation will now allow general practitioners to admit the pain alleviating drug to patients. Within four months general…

Initiative to built Western-Europe’s largest Islamic cemetery well on its way

Over the past decades the numbers of Muslims in Western-Europe has rapidly increased and with that the need for Islamic burial sites. A fundraising initiative in the Netherlands has collected half of the needed €410,000 ($447,521) needed for the new…

Pennsylvania is introducing a new bill requiring nursing home deaths to be reported to a local coroner

Two bills are requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to report all deaths to a coroner, as soon as possible, before moving the body. The coroner will then be responsible for determining the cause of death and decide if…

2020 funeral floral trends

The new year brings new floral arrangements preferences and offerings, death care professionals can expect to see requested. Casket sprays, posies, sheafs, wreaths and cushions continue to be beautiful floral traditions at funeral services, utilizing the classic symbolic florals as…

Funeral costs in the UK at a record high

The average funeral cost in the UK is now £4,417 ($5,800) and as high as it has ever been. If prices keep increasing according to the trend of the past 15 years then the average price of a funeral in…

AI and facial recognition tech mean less Jane Does for death care professionals 

Artificial Intelligence (AI), together with the biometric technology of facial recognition, is creating more data about people than ever before. This database is a rich source of information that can allow for not only recognition of the living, but also…

New Mississippi Bill introduced to allow public access to private cemeteries

Rep. Manly Barton wrote and referred a new bill to the Mississippi Judiciary A committee regarding public entry into private cemeteries.  The petition has been filled with the local chancery court to allow family members of those buried in abandoned…

UK government releases guidelines for dealing with deceased Coronavirus victims

As borders in China are closing down and over 6,056 cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, governments around the world are starting to prepare for this growing epidemic. The UK government has released guidelines for healthcare professionals handling…

Palliative care leads to less ICU use by terminal patients

A recent JAMA Network report found that ¨implementation of palliative care at a hospital was associated with a 10% reduction in intensive care unit (ICU) use. Meaning implementation of hospital-based palliative care services may be associated with decreased treatment intensity…