How prepared do you feel to be by the bedside of someone you love who is dying? It is a tough question. Sometimes too awful to even think about. Even professionals who deal with death every day can struggle when death comes to their own door. That’s why the Art of Dying Well - St Mary’s University is launching a new Guide to Deathbed Etiquette - written to help families and friends support a dying loved one.
Memento Mori means to remember your death or to keep mortality in mind, and as such is at the heart of the ethos of the art of dying well. The latest Art of Dying Well podcast focuses on confronting the realities of death and remembering that life is temporary and, at some point, we’re all going to die.
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In this extraordinary time we understand there are many questions and concerns about funerals. To gain insight we spoke to Paul Allcock, a family funeral director and former President of SAIF – The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.
Aside from birth, dying is the only other experience we will all share. So why do we find it so hard to talk about? Learn more
Living with the knowledge that death is close at hand can take a huge toll. It can feel like you're on an emotional rollercoaster. Learn more
How can you find meaning in what’s happening? Rising above grief and connecting spiritually to something greater might help. Learn more
Dying well, or what constitutes a 'good' death will mean different things to us all. But if you can face up to dying and try to prepare now, this could help you to live well too. Learn more
Caring for someone who is terminally ill, and worrying about the future can be very demanding. It's important to remember to care for yourself too. Learn more