Can art teach us more about living well? And can creativity enhance our lives even as we move towards death? Also, we look at the importance of companionship and how community and support can help us all to be in a good place at the end of life. We chat to art expert and friend of the show, Lynne Hanley, and Alejandra Fong, who heads up our End of Life Companionship Project, in partnership with the St Vincent De Paul Society.
The truth is that death can happen to any of us at any time. Coming to terms with this reality can help you to spend your time more wisely, and to better appreciate what's truly important in life. Acceptance can help you to find the precious in every moment.
Read more about our timely report entitled: The Internet and End of Life, and catch up on a video of the launch event featuring representatives from Demos, Sue Ryder, Hospice UK and the House of Lords.
Our latest podcast explores living well and companionship at the end of life. Can art teach us more about living well? And can creativity enhance our lives even as we move towards death? We also look at the importance of companionship and how community and support can help us all to be in a good place at the end of life. We’re joined by ‘friend of the show’ and returning guest, the marvellous Lynne Hanley. An art expert and founder of Beyond the Palette art tours, Lynne takes us on a journey through some great art as well as looking at some of the visual narrative of the original art of dying well, the Ars Moriendi. ‘The Voice from the Bedside Chair’ comes from Alejandra Fong, of the St Vincent De Paul Society. Alejandra heads up the Art of Dying Well and St Vincent De Paul Society’s End of Life Companionship Project, an important initiative training volunteers to become end of life companions.
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