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The Art of Dying Well with Greg Wise and Kathryn Mannix£8
The Art of Dying Well: In Conversation with Kathryn Mannix, Shelagh Fogarty and Greg Wise
Dying is an experience we will all share, yet the topic of death can be a difficult one to talk about. How can we best support friends and family who are dying, or prepare for our own deaths? Pioneer of palliative care Kathryn Mannix (With the End in Mind) and actor and producer Greg Wise (Not That Kind of Love) talk to journalist and presenter Shelagh Fogarty about their experiences of caring for the dying in a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A. This event is hosted by the Art of Dying Well (www.artofdyingwell.org), whose vision is to provide a hopeful accompaniment for the human journey. Join us for an evening of discussion and reflection on death and life, where grief, loss, and sorrow are acknowledged as part of the spectrum of human experience, and for an ultimately uplifting reminder to treasure what we can in the present.
50% of ticket revenue from this event will go towards supporting The Art of Dying Well.
Kathryn Mannix worked as a doctor in palliative care for 30 years, and was inspired by her patients’ capacity to live well in the face of dying. She took early retirement to campaign for better public understanding of dying; this work included acting as a medical adviser to the Art of Dying Well website, and writing a book about her experiences of palliative care, ‘With the End in Mind,’ that became a Sunday Times best-seller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
Shelagh joined the BBC as a News Trainee in 1989 and presented on BBC Five Live for 15 years. She currently hosts the afternoon programme on LBC. As well as domestic news around the UK, Shelagh has travelled all over the world covering stories from natural disasters like the Asian Tsunami in 2004, to terror attacks in Spain, USA and Israel, and many foreign elections. Shelagh has extensively covered the migrant crisis – from refugee camps in Jordan, to the political fallout in the UK. Her special interests include Social Care and its future, and the mental health of young people.
Greg was 24/7 carer for his sister, Clare, in the last months of her life. They wrote a blog about their time, later published as a book, entitled “Not That Kind of Love”. Greg is not a professional carer, just a brother who tried to do the best for his sister. Hopefully what he learnt will be useful to the more and more of us finding ourselves as care-givers to terminally ill loved-ones.