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The Art of Dying Well

The Art of Dying Well

Our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview at least one guest on our chosen topic, engage in a little ‘Death Chatter’ before hearing the 'Voice from the Chaplain’s Chair’.

Living well, ageing well and dying well | Episode 29
May 6 2022
1 hr 2 mins
Episode 28: The Art of Listening WellEpisode 27: Men and Grief
We've all heard the stereotypes... men aren't good with their emotions. Men don't talk about things close to their hearts. It's all 'stiff upper lip' and 'show must go on'. So what happens when a man's dying? Or suffers a bereavement?What's visible on the outside doesn't always reflect what's going on inside. When a loved-one dies, people rally around, offer their support and try to find some helpful words. It may be a generalisation but men don't find these things particularly easy to deal with.That's what we're exploring on this 'Art of Dying Well' podcast.To do this, we have three excellent guests who speak openly and honestly about their experiences. Firstly we hear from Colin Brazier, a senior foreign correspondent and news anchor with three decades of experience covering stories for Sky and in recent times GBNews. Colin's beloved wife Jo died in July 2018 having been given a terminal prognosis for her third-stage breast cancer earlier in the year. Friend and fellow news anchor Julie Etchingham guides us through a fascinating and moving interview. Podcaster Chris Reeve from the popular Talk Norwich City fan channel joins us for a little 'Death Chatter' and, I'm not going to lie, I shed a few tears. Chris speaks passionately about death and grief, candidly sharing his experiences dealing with the tragedy of his mum's death back in 2014 when he was just 14-years-old. Chris says grief is "the petrol in my fire every single day". Simultaneously uplifting and useful, this 'Death Chatter' is a must-listen.We finish with the 'Voice from the Bedside Chair' and it's another reach-for-the-tissues interview. Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council (and newly-elected President of the Association of Directors of Public Health) has sat by many bedsides over the years and gives us an absorbing reflection on how he sees men dealing with death and grief. Not only this, he shares very openly his experience of surviving cancer.Plenty of wisdom and advice on this 'Art of Dying Well' podcast.
Nov 22 2021
1 hr 17 mins
Episode 26: Grief in the ClassroomEpisode 25: Diagnosing DyingEpisode 24: The Internet and End of Life
As we emerge into whatever version of 'normal' we end up with after the acute phase of the pandemic, some of us are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Others, facing death or accompanying a dying loved one, may feel that light's a little further away. That's why we’re here, really, to cover the subjects that matter on this human journey.That painful lack of face-to-face contact has been discussed a lot during the pandemic – not least by us here on the pod - so we're looking at how we can maximise the positive potential of the digital world to help those who may feel that acute isolation or lack of support just when they need it the most.The Centre for the Art of Dying Well has commissioned a piece of research on the subject that has led to a report called ‘The Internet and End of Life.’ It has been produced by Demos – a thinktank that harnesses the power of data and research to help inform the social policies of tomorrow.So on this podcast we're speaking to Ciaran Cummings from Demos and our very own Maggie Doherty from the Centre for the Art of Dying Well to get the lowdown on why the report was commissioned and what we've learnt from the data.We also talk to Martin Symons from St Michael's Hospice in Hastings about how his team's using tech to bring the hospice's support services to a wider virtual community. And finally we speak to Debbi Francis who found herself in need of answers at 1 o'clock in the morning and turned to the Macmillan cancer support forums when her brother was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.Let's launch in...
Jun 2 2021
1 hr 16 mins
Episode 23: End of Life Accompaniment and Lone DeathsEpisode 22: Reporting on death and dying during the pandemicEpisode 21: Bereavement and Remembrance in NovemberEpisode 20: Dying well starts with living wellEpisode 19: Lockdown, loss and pandemic trauma
Jun 30 2020
52 mins
Episode 18: Dying, Recovering and Caring during the COVID-19 PandemicEpisode 17: We're all going to die!Episode 16: Life Interrupting GriefEpisode 15: Theatre, Medicines and Hospice CareEpisode 14: Deathbed EtiquetteEpisode 13: Death, dying and petsEpisode 12: Time to talk about deathEpisode 11: Am I allowed to grieve?Episode 10: Love, Loss and Coping