December 5, 2016

The Art of Dying Well

The Catholic Church has long had an interest in helping those faced with the prospect of death and dying and a fund of experience to share in was traditionally called the art of dying well, or in Latin, Ars Moriendi.  Sensing this was a good time to look afresh at that tradition, the Catholic Church of England and Wales devised a new website called The Art of Dying Well.

It's an excellent website and not just for Catholics.  A quick excerpt:

The underlying ethos of the art of dying well applies just as well to anyone of any, or no faith, undergoing the final journey. All of us will fall, all of us will need help, and all of us can use the experience we gain in helping people on the climb creatively for the good of others.

There are several sections and short videos in each section.
What is dying well? 

While a good death will mean different things to us all, there are many universal questions

Talking about death

Aside from birth, dying is the only other experience we will all share. So why is it so hard to talk about it? And, why is it so important that we should?

Facing death personally

Living with the knowledge that death is close at hand can take a huge emotional toll. Knowing that your feelings are normal and expected, may help you to cope.

Losing a loved one

Losing someone you love is undeniably painful, but rising above grief and connecting spiritually to something greater might help you to find meaning.

Caring for the dying

This is an excellent website

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 5, 2016 7:07 PM | Permalink