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What is the cultural value of dying in an era of assisted dying?

Published on: Author: Naomi Richards Leave a comment

In the summer of 2018, Dr Marian Krawczyk and I co-authored an article about how the various western cultural ‘scripts’ which give meaning to dying might be influenced when assisted dying is made lawful and the very end stages of dying becomes, in essence, an ‘optional’ part of the lifecourse. Our thinking was very much… Continue reading

In touch with the dead

Published on: Author: Marian Krawczyk Leave a comment

One of the most fundamental ways we show love and connection is through touch. This behaviour is so central to our understanding of what it means to be in relationship with another person that visual representations of touch have become one of the most common visual forms of ‘shorthand’ to indicate compassionate caring, including at… Continue reading

Inner light: curating art and therapy at the end of life (Lumière profonde: organisation d’une exposition de travaux d’art-thérapie réalisés en milieu hospitalier)

Published on: Author: Catriona Forrest Leave a comment
visitors at Luz Profunda (Inner Light) exhibition: courtesy of Nadia Collette

What challenges are there in exhibiting art which has used to help terminally ill patients and their relatives? Nadia Collette, art therapist and curator of Inner Light, talks about the project which resulted in an exhibition in Barcelona in the first half of 2016.  This interview was a French-English collaboration, and the blog begins with a translation, followed by… Continue reading

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson: A film about a rock musician, cancer and mortality

Published on: Author: David Clark 1 Comment
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson film poster

I genuinely didn’t know anything about Dr Feelgood. The film title ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’ was also a mystery to me. The online blurb about the film was similarly obscure, describing how director Julien Temple had produced an ‘overflowing visual cocktail’ serving up ‘Bunuel, Tarkovsky, Cocteau and Marcel Powell as fellow travellers on his… Continue reading

Memento Mori – The death café and acknowledging the end of life

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Vivian Lam

Since arriving in Dumfries, I’ve been daily graced by a generous view of the local cemetery just across from a park suffocating with screaming, hyperactive children. At first sight, I was struck by how unassumingly picturesque it was—the cemetery sprawls across the side of a hill, rows of stone teeth unnervingly still against swaying trees,… Continue reading

Global Interventions at the end of life – early progress on the project

Published on: Author: David Clark Leave a comment

Our University of Glasgow study team, supported by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, is examining how responses to end of life issues are developing around the world, and with what consequences. Death, dying and bereavement are topics that mainly sit on the margins of the humanities and social sciences. Whilst end of life care attracts… Continue reading