How to have a happy death (online roundtable event)

How to have a happy death (online roundtable event)

An online roundtable organised by Westminster Diocese’s Agency for Evangelisation in collaboration with St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, and the Centre for the Art of Dying Well at St Mary’s University.

How to have a happy death – online roundtable event

Thursday 17 June | 19.00

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In this Year of St Joseph, what can the Patron of the Dying teach us about how to have a Happy Death? Has the pandemic made us feel more comfortable about living with and talking about death, dying and bereavement? How do hospices care for people living with a life limiting condition at home, in the community and in the hospice setting? What can we learn from this care if we are accompanying a loved one at home?

This online roundtable is being organised by Westminster Diocese’s Agency for Evangelisation in collaboration with St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, and the Centre for the Art of Dying Well at St Mary’s University

About the event

7.00pm  Welcome, Housekeeping, Introductions

Fr Chris Vipers – Westminster Diocese’s Agency for Evangelisation

7.05pm   Introduction to St Joseph and a Happy Death Bishop John Sherrington

7.15pm  Caring for the Dying – How to Have a Happy Death Sr Rita Dawson RSC, Edward McGuigan

7.30pm  Most People would Die Rather than Talk about Death, Mostly they Do Professor Julia Riley

7.40pm  Q&A, Panel discussion

8.15pm  Wrap up Margaret Doherty – The Art of Dying Well – St Mary’s University

About the speakers

Bishop John Sherrington is an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster who has responsibility for leading on end of life issues for the Bishops’ Conference. He played a key role in the start-up of the Art of Dying Well.

Sr Rita Dawson MBE (DL BSc (Hons) MSc RGN RSCN) is a member of the Religious Sisters of Charity with direct responsibility for the three hospices operated and run by her Order in the Scottish and English province. A qualified nurse, Sr Rita has been the Chief Executive of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Scotland’s oldest and largest hospice for many years. She is also a director and trustee of both St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, Scotland and St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney.

Edward McGuigan is the current Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and is a director and trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney. Edward, a qualified accountant, is also an advisor to the Religious Sisters of Charity and represents the interests of the Sisters in St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, Scotland.

Professor Julia Riley is a Visiting Professor of Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care, Institute of Global Health.

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