The Centre for the Art of Dying Well at St Mary's University, London. Helping people to live and die well and be supported in their grief. Public engagement, policy, research - death, dying and bereavement.
The mission of the Centre for the Art of Dying Well is to help people to live and die well and be supported in their grief. It brings together many of the best minds, partnering with organisations and individuals to support and develop companionship and community in life and in death.
Originally an initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Centre has been based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, since 2018. Turning research into tangible action is one of the principle ways in which we pursue our mission, alongside practical companionship; training and support for care givers; and engaging the public, shaping policy and changing the national conversation about death and dying.
Voices of the Dying Online, our ground-breaking research on the Internet and the end of life, carried out with Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, has collected over 100,000 internet posts to better understand where online discussions about death and dying are happening, what kind of help people are looking for, what support they receive, and what they still need. This research will contribute to the much-needed debate about how to die well and help improve public policy and practice.
We actively seek out new projects in collaboration with external partners, both from individuals and organisations.
More information about the work of the Centre for the Art of Dying Well can be found throughout this website, including our award-winning podcast series.
Director of the Centre: Margaret Doherty