Welcome to the home of The Art of Dying Well podcast. Our podcast aims to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Presented by James Abbott, our award-winning show features James in conversation with a guest on a key topic related to the Art of Dying Well, taking in everything from being at the bedside of a dying loved one, to receiving a terminal diagnosis. Coping with grief, bereavement, death, dying, and much more are all under discussion.

19th December 2017

Episode 9: Music and Consolation

This month’s podcast focuses on music. Whether it acts as the soundtrack to our lives or as consolation at a time of grief, music is at the heart of the human experience. We get a really interesting perspective from Eric Clarke, an Oxford University Professor, look at an online memorial tool called mylastsoundtrack.com and finish with a great piece on Requiems – the music of mourning.

10th November 2017

Episode 8: Remembrance

November’s podcast continues the theme of remembrance. It is right that we remember the fallen of our wars and conflicts, and we do so, but we also wanted to shine a light on how other cultures, traditions and faiths commemorate and pray for their dead. We listen to four interesting perspectives. ‘Death Chatter’ shifts the discussion to whether we are ever in danger of disrespecting the dead and we finish with our ‘Chaplain’s Chair’ reflection from Bishop John Sherrington.

9th October 2017

Episode 7: Military, Bereavement and Mental Health

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.

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