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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 598-611; doi:10.3390/socsci4030598

The “A Graceful Death Exhibition”: Portraits and Words from the End of Life

113 Marshall Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2TH, UK
Academic Editors: Steve Fuller and Emilie Whitaker
Received: 17 June 2015 / Revised: 16 July 2015 / Accepted: 28 July 2015 / Published: 11 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Beyond the Negativity of Death: Towards a New Necropolitics)
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This article discusses the lack of knowledge and awareness that hampers end of life experiences, for both the dying and those left behind. It draws on personal experiences, and explores working creatively with dying people, using observations, painting and writing to communicate ideas. Asking the dying to tell us and show us what it is like is very successful in raising awareness, and the article concludes that less separation within our communities from the dying would normalise the process and lessen the fear. View Full-Text
Keywords: palliative care; dying; art; portraits; soul midwife; creative expression; compassionate community; end of life education; end of life experience palliative care; dying; art; portraits; soul midwife; creative expression; compassionate community; end of life education; end of life experience
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Rolls, A. The “A Graceful Death Exhibition”: Portraits and Words from the End of Life. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 598-611.

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