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The Woolf Institute's Diversity in End of Life Care: A Handbook on Caring for Jewish, Christian and Muslim Patients was published in November 2019.

The Diversity of End of Life Care: A Handbook on Caring for Jewish, Christian and Muslim Patients has been written with the support of medical and religious experts.

Download the Handbook here.

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Since 2014, the Woolf Institute has delivered its Diversity in End of Life Care training in hospices and hospitals across the country to nurses, chaplains, doctors, other healthcare professionals and volunteers. See below for details of training opportunities we offer.

The Handbook will be used as a tool during training sessions and also for continued learning and development on the wards and in public health spaces where it will serve as an active resource for those who seek to understand how to respond to increasingly diverse communities requiring care and support.

Endorsements for the Handbook:

'An essential document which I'm sure will be of tremendous value to medical practitioners and others engaged in this field.'

'What an excellent resource.'

If you wish to receive a printed copy of the Handbook or discuss training sessions for your institution, contact

Online Resources - Publications

November 2019. Diversity in End of Life Care: A Handbook on Caring for Jewish, Christian and Muslim Patients

October 2016. Advance Care Planning and Muslim Communities

November 2015. Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Relations between Hospices and Muslims of Britain

Online Resources - Podcasts

Podcast: What Makes a Good Death? [part of the Naked Reflections series]

Podcast: In Sickness and In Health [part of the Naked Reflections series]

Blog: 'Journey into the spiritual dimensions of End of Life Care'

Online Resources - Recorded Events

Extending Life at Any Cost? (Feb 2018, Joint conference Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Woolf Institute):

Pastoral Reflections on Death and Dying, Revd Dr Derek Fraser

A Good Death in a Changing Religious Landscape, Naved Siddiqi

When is Enough Enough? Dying well in an Age of Technological Possibilities, Prof. John Wyatt

The Ethics of Withholding Treatment and Virtue Theory, Prof. David Jones

Festival of Ideas (Nov 2015)

The Power of a Good Death (panel event: in the chair Sughra Ahmed; panellists: Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Imam Yunus Dudhwala and Dr Philip Lodge)

Training Programme

The training programmes are provided for nurses, hospital chaplains, doctors, other healthcare professionals and volunteers. The programme's aim is to empower clinical and non-clinical staff to enhance the impact of the care they provide to patients and relatives. By undertaking a study day, they can become more knowledgeable, confident and feel more comfortable offering care, empathy and compassion to patients – of all beliefs and customs – who are approaching the end of their life; this is achieved by staff better understanding the religious, social and cultural practices that surround death and dying.

In the past, we have delivered training in end of life care to Barts Health NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Free Hospital, the Marie Curie Hospice (Hampstead), Compton Hospice (Wolverhampton), St Benedict's Hospice (Sunderland) and St Oswald's Hospice (Newcastle). Previous courses have received 6 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians.

Get in touch to find out how we can work together. Contact for more information.

Events Listing

Watch this space for further event announcements! Please be aware that events have been cancelled or rearranged due to the COVID pandemic. We hope to bring you further news in the near future.

10 February 2020. Launch and workshops at conference of NHS Education for Scotland (chaplains)

23 March 2020. Workshops for MA in Palliative Care (Nursing) - online resource provided due to the COVID19 pandemic

CANCELLED (due to COVID19 pandemic). Launch and workshops at annual conference of Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains (AHPCC)

TBC. Cambridge Launch and workshop at Arthur Rank Hospice. Interested in attending the Cambridge Launch, contact for more information