Dr Kathryn Mannix is a bestselling author and former palliative care consultant who retired from a medical career to campaign for better public understanding of dying.
During her thirty years in palliative care she worked in hospitals, hospices and patients’ own homes. She also founded a cognitive behaviour psychotherapy (CBT) service for palliative care patients, using her experience to train staff all over the UK.
Recently, she returned to the NHS during the Covid pandemic to offer staff support and communications skills training for those tender conversations required to help separated families maintain touch with sick and dying loved ones.
Kathryn is a bestselling author. Her books include With the End in Mind: How to Live and Die Well (Harper Collins, 2017) , a beautifully crafted volume informed by four decades in clinical practice. Through the stories of around 30 people preparing for their own deaths, it explores the big questions about death and dying with honesty, humility and empathy. A Sunday Times review said this book is ‘Impossible to read with dry eyes or an unaltered mindset.’
Her latest book, Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations (Harper Collins), is released in autumn 2021. It’s described by Julia Samuel MBE as ‘Powerful, humane and wise’.