We will also be grateful for stories stories of good and bad deaths from low and middle income countries.
We are interested particularly in "traditional" deaths that involve little or no Western health care and stories of excessive care at the end of life.
Stories of patients must be accompanied by patient or family consent if we are to publish them.
HIFA profile: Richard Smith is chair of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death, the Point of Care Foundation (which works to make health care more humane), and Patients Know Best, a company that gives patients control of their health and social care records. He was previously editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group, chair of icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh), and director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, a programme with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to create centres in low and middle income countries to conduct research and build capacity in relation to NCD. He blogs regularly for the BMJ and on his own website (https://richardswsmith.wordpress.com). richardswsmith AT yahoo.co.uk