‘Deathtalker’ Molly Carlisle has discovered the arts are the perfect vehicle for enabling her clients to have a ‘good death’.
“Dying well” means something different to each of us. It could mean being free of physical pain. It could mean being able to think clearly. It could mean being in your own bed surrounded by people you love or maybe it’s important that you have time to say goodbye. It may even mean being able to travel home to the place of your birth or to not have your death complicated by futile treatments. We are all individuals with different values, beliefs and needs, therefore a “good death” will mean something very different for each of us.
The sad reality is that many of us will not have a choice about how or where we die. Something unexpected may occur and we could find ourselves dying in an emergency department. At the other end of the spectrum, we may physically deteriorate to a point where we are no longer able to care for ourselves and so are admitted to a residential care facility. So what does a good death look like to you? Have you ever thought about it? And if you’ve thought about it, have you talked about it with people you trust and the people you care about?
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