You might have missed the big news that the Art of Dying Well podcast has received a big clap on the back from the Guardian.
November is the traditional month for remembering the dead, but Christmas surely is the time when we feel the death of loved ones most acutely.
The family gatherings and general mood of jollity can heighten our sense of desolation. That’s why The Art of Dying Well commissioned a survey to look at what people do at Christmas to remember family members and friends who have died.
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’.
Something’s not right. You’ve not heard from your father-in-law for a few weeks. You’re close. That’s not normal. The milk’s on the doorstep, yesterday’s papers are poking out of the letterbox. You know what’s happened but you don’t want to think it – let alone say it. This is exactly what happened to Erica Buist. Listen to her extraordinary story in this month’s podcast. Fr George Bowen gives The View From The Chaplain’s Chair.
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