Every year in May, Dying Matters and their coalition members host an Awareness Week, which presents an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2019, the week will run from 13th to the 19th of May and the theme is ‘Are We Ready’? Here are some of the activities that members of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group will be involved with during the week.
13th May 2019
Seminar: ‘Autonomy, Vulnerability, and the Right to Die’
Dr Ben Colburn
Monday 13 May 2019
13:00 – 15:00
The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club
‘Friends at the End‘ are hosting a seminar with Dr Ben Colburn exploring the concepts of autonomy, vulnerability and the right to die.
Special screening of “Island” – a film about people at the end of their lives*
*For members of the End of Life Studies Group and the Specialist Palliative Care Team in NHS D&G only – with plans for a public screening later in the year.
A FILM following four people in the final year of their lives is to be screened in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Directed by Steven Eastwood, Island was filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight and focuses on four individuals in a year in which their lives will end.
Dr Sarah Pickstock is Consultant in Palliative Medicine in D&G, and will be facilitating discussion after the screening. She said “the images are captured in a very sensitive and artistic way. However, we would ask people to be mindful that the film could be challenging, and includes a person who has died and someone actively dying.”
Dr Sheri Mila Gerson and Julie Lang are members of the University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group and will also be in attendance at the screening, and involved in the discussions afterwards.
The event on 13th May will take place at the Education Centre in DGRI – networking from 5.30pm. The film will be screened in the lecture theatre at 6pm.
For more information please contact Tracy MacPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the film please Click Here
14th May 2019
Reading and Writing Death & Dying Symposium
Tuesday 14th May 2019
12:00 – 17:00
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
2 Castle Street
Organised by Dr Naomi Richards, Dr Elizabeth Reeder, and Amy Shea, this symposium will focus on the reading and writing aspects of the multi-faceted topic of death and dying. This will develop and hone the critical and creative skills through close reading a range of texts as writers. These considerations and understandings of how diverse texts are constructed can thereafter be applied to our own writing, thinking and making in writing workshops. This is something particularly useful, as we consider how we might write well about death and dying and other difficult, complicated subjects, and subsequently be applicable to a range of difficult subjects and facilitate writing in ways that will better communicate emotionally complex or sensitive subject matter to diverse audiences. We will also focus on how art and objects can be ‘read’ and utilised in a similar way.