Discussing Death and Dying Creatively. Olwen Minford End of Life Care Facilitator Integrative Arts Psychotherapist Culture Health and Wellbeing Conference June 2013.
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End of Life Care Facilitator
Integrative Arts Psychotherapist
Culture Health and Wellbeing Conference
Dying Matters video
As many poets and writers have talked about death as birth
Death as lonely & isolating or sorrowful, happy
Can be a social event- a drama with people playing roles
“the angel of death”
“ the last enemy”
4 aims of an appropriate death (Weisman, 1972)
I will present you parts of my self slowly if you are patient and tender. I will open drawers that mostly stay closed and bring out places and people and things sounds and smells, loves and frustrations, hopes and sadness, bits and pieces of three decades of life that have been grabbed off in chunks and found lying in my hands. they have eaten their way into my memory, carved their way into my heart. altogether-you or I will never see them- they are me. If you regard them lightly, deny they are important or worse judge them I will quietly, slowly, begin to wrap them up, in small pieces of velvet, like worn silver and gold jewellery, tuck them away in a small wooden chest of drawers