When a person is at the end of their life, it sometimes occurs that disagreements, disputes and difficulties arise, between families, professionals and even the person who is dying. There might be conflicting views around care planning, LPAs, estate planning, visiting arrangements or more. This is a painful occurrence for all involved, and with the heightened emotions of sadness around the anticipated death of a loved one, it can be hard to find a way to resolution, unity and a renewed focus on the wishes, needs and preferences of the person who is dying. My role as an accredited and insured mediator, specialising in difficult conversations at end of life, is to help the person who is dying to find their voice and be heard, and to ensure that agreements for working together are swiftly arrived at by all involved in the circle of care.
I did my Foundation training with Living Well Dying Well as I was training as an accredited mediator the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). I currently work with National Institute for Health Research, Public Health England, the Medical Mediation Foundation, CEDR, the Health Foundation, Adult Care Mediation, Mind as an advisor, trainer and mediator.