The Art of Dying Well website was devised and commissioned by the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
The Catholic Church offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death via the Art of Dying Well. We believe that death opens the way to new life. In dying, we close our eyes for the last time here, in order to be able to really see for the first time there.
After centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a fund of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying well, or in Latin, Ars Moriendi. We sense that this is good time to look afresh at that tradition.
The underlying ethos of the art of dying well applies just as well to anyone of any, or no faith, undergoing the final journey. All of us will fall, all of us will need help, and all of us can use the experience we gain in helping people on the climb creatively for the good of others.