Rituals and traditions to do with end of life care, bereavement and grieving vary widely in different cultures and countries. This tour spans three neighbouring countries - Hungary, Serbia and Romania - that nonetheless have very different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and history. It is fascinating and informative to see how these differences affect the way different destinations approach end of life care, including palliative care and hospice care.
These three beautiful countries share spectacular scenery and architecture but vary in other ways. Very broadly, Hungarians are Magyar people, ethnically and linguistically different from their neighbouring Slavs, with a range of mostly Christian belief systems. Serbians are distinctively Slavic with a strong Orthodox tradition, while Romanians are a Romance ethnic group and nation native to Romania, that share a common Romanian culture, ancestry, and speak Romanian, which is descended from Latin. Visiting three different countries that are ethnically and culturally different provides fascinating insight into their evolving palliative and hospice care, while immersing you in the rich history and culture of these rewarding countries.
David Oliviere is a consultant in psychosocial palliative care, a social worker, an educationalist and a clinical supervisor. He is former director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s Hospice in London and visiting professor at the School of Education and Health Sciences at Middlesex University.
David trained at Nottingham University in social administration and social work. With a background in psychiatric social work and management in the personal social services, David was involved in founding Pilgrim’s Hospice, Canterbury, before joining the North London Hospice as Director of Social Work. Subsequently, David worked as Community Care Advisor for ethnic minorities and refugees, London Borough of Enfield, and as Macmillan Principal Lecturer in Palliative Care at Middlesex University, whilst practising at the Macmillan Support Team in Barnet Hospital.
David has contributed to several publications, spoken internationally and has jointly edited a number of books including, “Good Practices in Psychosocial Care”, “Loss, grief and bereavement”, “Patient Participant in Palliative Care”, “Resilience in Palliative Care”, “Death, Dying and Social Differences” and “Narratives and Stories in Palliative Care”.
He currently practises as a couple and bereavement counsellor and professional interests include work with families in palliative care; culture and ethnicity; staff support; bereavement; and strength-based approaches. He is joint lead for a new theatre project in palliative care education, “Stories That Speak”.
Extension to Bulgaria and the Valley of the Roses: 4 – 8 June 2021