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.
As we grow older, and start to face our own mortality, our thoughts can turn more often to the question of whether there is life after death, and indeed what that might look like.
Why not listen to our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts? Each programme aims to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. We speak to interesting guests, engage in a little ‘Death Chatter’ before getting the 'View From The Chaplain’s Chair’.
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