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'Woody Allen famously said "I am not afraid of death: I just don't want to be there when it happens." I am pretty much with him on that! There is a concept called “death anxiety” which is simply not talked about enough (probably because it makes us anxious). This ‘anxiety’ affects the way we think about our future, our mortality, whether we plan ahead and whether we have care from a hospice. When confronted with a serious diagnosis that threatens us, our death anxiety increases. So if the response to manage death anxiety is to improve self-esteem – then that's what healthcare needs to do. I personally feel that this is what hospice does and why we get such extraordinary feedback. What contributes to self-esteem in any individual is unique, but feeling dignified, noticed, respected and confident is part of the story. Increasing self-esteem is a prime objective of palliative care and through this we manage the death anxiety provoked by serious illness' Dr. Ros Taylor's blog - CEO Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted. Please visit http://www.stfrancis.org.uk to find out how you can help - either by donating or volunteering. CONGRATULATIONS to DR. ROS TAYLOR, of the Hospice of St. Francis who has been honoured in the 2014 Queen's honours list with an MBE for her services to the Hospice movement.