Thinking Ahead stories
The eight stories on this page are fictional but they are based on the experiences and thoughts of people in the last year of life and family members after bereavement. Each story has specific themes and viewpoints that are intended to promote awareness and learning about the key findings of the research.
The short version of the story is integrated in an e learning module Engaging effectively about advance care planning with people from ethnically diverse backgrounds (you will need to register with eLfH).
We have also developed a guide to help support the learning from these stories. This may be especially useful for facilitators using the stories in group learning.
The Thinking Ahead stories were written and produced by Andy Barrett for Excavate.
We would welcome any feedback on the stories, the impact they have on you and your practice and how we can further improve these resources. Contact us on email@example.com
Balwinder and her sister Gurpreet care for their mother who is currently in hospital.
They are preparing for the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi
Emilija is an Lithuanian catholic who is in a hospice and very near the end of her life. She is planning a special traditional celebration of Easter with her daughter Camilla and friends.
Hafsa is an elderly Indian Muslim woman who has had a stroke. Her daughter has moved into her house to provide her care.
Sharmake, a Somali Muslim, is taking a bus to visit his father in hospital. He was angry on his last visit and staff asked him to leave.
Krushan, a middle aged British Asian Hindu, is largely bedbound and cared for at home by his wife Dhanashree. He is awaiting a visit from his older brother Abhijeet.
Tawanda, a Zimbabwean man with a strong Christian faith and great love of football is dying from cancer. He lives with his wife Chibuzo.
The Stories are read by
Sokari Erekosima - Sharmarke
Jim Findley - Dave
Gurpreet Grewal-Santini - Hafsa
Violet Hais - Emilija
Mufaro Makubika - Tawanda
Irfhan Ali Mururajani - Krushan
Dipti Patel - Balwinder
Ling Peng - Lanfen
This study/project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) [HS&DR 17/05/30]. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.