Dying Does Matter

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 ran from 13th-19th May. 


Nobody knows what the future has in store and you don’t have to be ill or dying to make plans for your future.  Changes in the way society views dying and death have impacted on the experience of people who are dying and bereaved.  Our lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish. The Cultural Coordinator organised a project at Willowbrook Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for those with life limiting illness, and serves the communities of St Helens and Knowsley.  The project is an experimental collaboration between artist and a patient with a terminal condition.  The patient is hospice Julie Williams and local artist Chantelle Townley plus holistic therapist at Willowbrook, Lucy Scriven. All worked very closely together on a collage of artwork to produce a artistic life storyboard entitled “It’s not over till it’s over!” The artwork depicts the richness of Julie’s life story so far, where she uses beautiful photographs, rich memories, and personal story telling.  This project has helped Julie to share with the world everything she holds dear and has been of great value in connecting positively with the meaning of her life.

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