SIM Ep 230 Macmillan panel: Let's Talk About Death

Let's talk about death. No, wait! Come back. Most people’s immediate reaction might be that death is a morbid topic, but in reality this chat, organised by Macmillan for its Let's Talk About Death campaign and hosted by our Mick and Hannah, was warm, funny and fascinating. And important. 

It helped that there were four excellent women on the panel.

Cathy Rentzenbrink, is the best-selling author of The Last Act of Love, written after her brother Matty’s eventual death from a road traffic accident which left him in a permanent vegetative state.

Poppy Mardall is the founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, a modern-day funeral company aiming to revolutionise the funeral trade.

Saima Thompson is a restaurateur, entrepreneur and blogger who was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer aged 29.

And Lucie Rudd, having been a nurse working in oncology and specialist palliative care for 20 years, is now an advisor for end of life care for Macmillan.

Macmillan knows talking about death can be difficult but having honest conversations can help you and your family prepare emotionally, practically and financially for the future, so you can get on with living life as fully as you can. Visit to help start your conversation. Dying Matters Week kicks off on Monday 13th May – that’s tomorrow if you’re listening to this freshly squeezed on Sunday – with hundreds of events taking place across the UK. For more information, see

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