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Jane E. Seymour is a research fellow in the Sheffield Palliative Care Studies Group at the University of Sheffield. She trained as a nurse in 1979, having completed a degree in Social Science at Exeter University. During her nursing career she worked in acute and intensive care: it was here that she developed an interest in end of life care, death, dying and bereavement. She gained a master's degree in sociology from Sheffield Hallam University in 1991 and, in 1997, a doctorate examining the man