Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 216 pages
Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts describes a range of successful programmes pioneered by artists, writers, nurses, musicians, therapists, social workers, and chaplains in palliative care settings. These range from simple painting and writing activities to organized communal activities like writing and performing a play. The arts are shown to offer a means to reflect on memories, hopes, fears and anxieties, and gently explore the emotional, spiritual, and psychological issues which can aid a fuller understanding of oneself and one's condition. The arts also serve as a way to communicate difficult and complex feelings to professionals or family members not possible in everyday conversation. Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts offers valuable insights and inspiration for any practitioner working in a palliative care setting.
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LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
Andrew Motion art therapy artists asked audience beneﬁt bereavement Blake Morrison body cancer carers chemotherapy child children’s hospice clients communication conﬁdence created creative writing death died difﬁcult doctor drama therapy dying emotional experience explore express face fear feelings felt ﬁlled ﬁlm ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁnding ﬁrst ﬁve Forward Prize friends Gillie Bolton GRAHAM grief healthcare human illness images journey Kathleen Ferrier Kirklin learning listen lives London look Maureen medicine memorial service mother music therapy never nurse oflife ofmy ofthe oftheir pain painting palliative palliative care patients Penelope Shuttle photographs physical play poems poetry professional psychotherapy realise RECEPTIONIST reﬂective remember Rosetta sense session share signiﬁcance someone space spiritual staff story suffering talk Tarset tell therapeutic therapist there’s things understand visualisation week words workshops wrote
Page 17 - Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. 'I don't much care where — ' said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go,
Page 32 - Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.