Welcome to the home of our Art of Dying Well podcasts. These monthly programmes aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview a guest on a key topic, engage in a little ‘death chatter’ before getting the 'View from the Chaplain’s chair’.
9th October 2017
It’s the time of the year when we stop to remember those who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Today we’re joined by the former Catholic Bishop of the Forces the Rt Revd Richard Moth. We discuss how service personnel cope knowing their lives are frequently on the line. We also talk about the issue of mental health and another form of mourning – coping with the loss of a limb.
15th August 2017
Today we look at the world of the funeral director – looking after families and final wishes in the immediate aftermath of the death of a loved one. Not an easy job. Paul Allcock is our main studio guest. ‘Death Chatter’ asks ‘Funeral Directors – Who Cares?’ and we finish with ‘The View from the Chaplain’s Chair’. Our guest is the excellent Rev Andrew Goodhead.
28th July 2017
Today we’re looking at care for the elderly at the end of life. Nina Mattiello Azadeh visits The Charterhouse – a former monastery in London that provides accommodation to a community of elderly residents known as ‘Brothers’. We also discuss unusual final resting places and the value of getting out the photo albums to unlock precious memories.