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Our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview a guest on a key topic, engage in a little ‘death chatter’ before getting the view from the ‘chaplain’s chair’.

Our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview a guest on a key topic, engage in a little ‘death chatter’ before getting the view from the ‘chaplain’s chair’.


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Our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview a guest on a key topic, engage in a little ‘death chatter’ before getting the view from the ‘chaplain’s chair’.




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Episode 20: Dying well starts with living well

We've long said it, but how you live has a bearing on how you die. Dying well starts with living well. Being ready, being prepared, being reconciled, being happy and at peace with the way you treat yourself and others - they're all factors. Everyone has their own version of 'living well'. In these pandemic times, health, fitness and well-being have come to the fore so we have the perfect guest to discuss the drive to live better - Elliott Reid. Elliott is the founder of the Revitalize Health...


Episode 19: Lockdown, loss and pandemic trauma

This 'Art of Dying Well' podcast picks up where Episode 18 left off - counting the cost of COVID19 and how it has touched our lives and communities. Lockdown may be easing but the virus is certainly not a thing of the past. Politicians turn their thoughts to re-firing the economy, restrictions are being removed and the public at large is being encouraged to use its 'common sense'. But many people are coping with grief, separation and isolation in an entirely new way. Some have been denied...


Episode 18: Dying, Recovering and Caring during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This 'Art of Dying Well' podcast comes from a state of COVID-19 lock-down but covers an incredible amount of ground by way of an exclusive interview with friend of the show, Dr Kathryn Mannix. Kathryn is a Palliative Care physician, author of ‘With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial’ and a woman who's on a mission to get us all better acquainted with the idea of dying well. She has returned to work during the COVID-19 pandemic and in this podcast tells us what it’s...


Episode 17: We're all going to die!

OK so the title of today's podcast sounds like a line from a dodgy science fiction film but actually there's a serious point to be made. We've all heard the one about the certainties in life - death and taxes - and today we're talking about the former. This podcast focuses on confronting the realities of death and remembering that life is temporary and, at some point, we're all going to die. In Latin, the phrase is memento mori - "remember that you will die". Memento mori has preoccupied the...


Episode 16: Life Interrupting Grief

The last 'Art of Dying Well' podcast of 2019 sees us focus on the painful subjects of loss and grief at a time of year that can be particularly hard for those of us spending Christmas without a loved one. Simply getting from one day to the next can be a major challenge while all around you are seemingly in party mode. Today we hear from former Sky Sports and Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas who talks about the pain and grief of having to cope with the death of his wife Gemma two years ago....


Episode 15: Theatre, Medicines and Hospice Care

In a packed and powerful 'Art of Dying Well' podcast we're bringing you the insight and experiences of three really interesting people. First up is the talented actor and writer Harriet Madeley - the main creative force behind a unique play about death and dying called 'The Colours'. It's based on interviews Harriet conducted with palliative care doctors and patients in Welsh seaside hospices and creatively moves through fantasy, memory and reality. 'Death Chatter' sees long-term friend of...


Episode 14: Deathbed Etiquette

Today’s podcast focuses on the launch of a new 'Deathbed Etiquette' resource - a guide to help friends and relatives prepare to be at the deathbed of a dying loved one. Dr Amy Gadoud - a palliative care professional and lecturer in palliative medicine - helps us explore deathbed etiquette. As well as being an expert in the field, she has her own personal experience to share with us. 'Death Chatter' features the award-winning LBC presenter Shelagh Fogarty who explains that the death...


Episode 13: Death, dying and pets

Caring and accompanying people along the very human journey of dying lies at the heart of our podcasts - not to mention how we honour and remember our friends and family. Today, however, we're looking at animals and bereavement. We start by discussing the difficult task of talking to children about the death of a much-loved pet. Daniella Dos Santos - a veterinary surgeon who is as much at home talking to people as caring for animals - joins us to talk about how the professionals help animals...


Episode 12: Time to talk about death

I can’t believe it has almost been a year since the last Art of Dying Well podcast but we’re back talking death and dying and all the issues surrounding this difficult but very human journey. Our main interview this month is a really interesting conversation with an actor – the very charming and engaging Greg Wise. If you’ve been watching The Crown on Netflix you’ve probably seen Greg playing Lord Mountbatten. But we’re not talking acting, we’re talking about his sister Clare. Clare died in...


Episode 11: Am I allowed to grieve?

Something's not right. You've not heard from your father-in-law for a few weeks. You're close. That's not usual. The milk's on the doorstep, yesterday's papers are poking out of the letterbox. You know what's happened but you don't want to think it let alone say it. This is how Erica Buist felt when she encouraged husband Dion to cross London to check on his father. "I had to find a way to get him to check on Chris knowing I was sending him to find a dead body..." Finding a loved one dead at...


Episode 10: Love, Loss and Coping

February's Art of Dying Well podcast features an extended interview with BBC financial journalist Sally Bundock - co-presenter of the BBC’s flagship business programme 'Business Live'. Sally's story is moving and inspiring. Sadly last Summer, after an eight-year battle with cancer, her husband Paul died. Devastating – especially when you leave a wife and three young children behind - but in the face of this grief, Sally is strong, positive and gives a great example of Christian witness. Well...


Episode 9: Music and Consolation

Here's our packed 'Art of Dying Well' podcast focusing on how music is vital for our well-being. Whether it acts as the soundtrack to our lives or as consolation at a time of grief, music is at the heart of the human experience. First up we speak to Eric Clarke, Professor of Music at Oxford University about how music can actually be an empathiser - almost a person - in how we listen and respond to it. Next it's 'Death Chatter' and we connect via Skype with Sue Kemple from...


Episode 8: Remembrance

November's Art of Dying Well podcast, fittingly, looks at remembrance. It is right that we remember the fallen of our wars and conflicts this month listening to a reflection from Fr Michael Fava from the Bishopric of the Forces. We also wanted to shine a light on how other cultures, traditions and faiths commemorate and pray for their dead. We listen to four interesting perspectives. 'Death Chatter' shifts the discussion to whether we are ever in danger of disrespecting the dead and we...


Episode 7: Military, Bereavement and Mental Health

We're fast approaching the traditional month of remembrance. Catholic Churches have 'November Lists' so the community can pray for the souls of the departed. But the nation also pauses to pay its collective respects to those who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Our guest today is the former Bishop of the Forces the Rt Revd Richard Moth. We discuss how service personnel cope knowing their lives are frequently on the line. Also we discuss mental health in the military and...


Episode 6: Funerals, Funeral Directors and Forward Planning

Today's Art of Dying Well podcast looks at the world of the funeral director - looking after families and final wishes in the immediate aftermath of the death of a loved one. Not an easy job. Paul Allcock is our main studio guest. Paul's family-run independent business offers funeral services for the people of Norwich and the surrounding areas. We talk about the advantages of planning ahead, children at funerals, the pressures of the job and being buried in your football kit! 'Death Chatter'...


Episode 5: Caring for the Elderly at the End of Life

An ageing population has a significant impact on care services, so for this month's 'Art of Dying Well' podcast, we're looking at how we care for elderly people nearing the end of life. To do this, we've brought in our guest reporter Nina Mattiello Azadeh. Nina visited The Charterhouse - a former Carthusian monastery in the heart of London, founded in 1611, that provides accommodation to a community of elderly residents known as 'Brothers'. Nina speaks to two Brothers and the Revd Robin...


Episode 4: Art, Care and Accompaniment

Carolyne Barber's a very interesting lady. She has over 30 years of nursing experience caring for sick and dying people in many countries around the world. She's also a talented award-winning photographer who sees and captures all sorts of miracles of nature and uses her images to inspire those she cares for. In this podcast we also talk about sudden loss - particularly in light of the horrific Grenfell Tower fire and the tragic terror attacks in Manchester and London. Finally we conclude by...


Episode 3: Life. Death. Whatever.

There's a good reason we've called this initiative the 'Art of Dying Well'. There really is an art to living well and an art to dying well - and it's clear the two are intrinsically linked. This month we're delighted to have Louise Winter in the studio. Louise is a funeral professional and founder of Poetic Endings - a creative funeral provider. She's also editor of The Good Funeral Guide. Louise started work on the front line in the fashion industry but a 'quarter-life crisis' saw a switch...


Episode 2: Palliative Care

Thanks for checking out our second Art of Dying Well podcast. As ever, the aim's to make dying something we don't have to walk through alone. This month we're talking about palliative care with the wonderful and hugely experienced Dr Kathryn Mannix who has worked in palliative and end of life care for over 30 years. April's 'Death Chatter' looks at a subject we covered in our March podcast - children dealing with grief - focusing particularly on two programmes. The first, a BBC documentary...


Episode 1: Child Bereavement

This is the first ever ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcast. What is it? Simply put it’s a monthly programme that aims to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Dying well means different things to different people. Death is an individual experience, but a community of accompaniment on the journey can help us to prepare by bringing consolation and spiritual peace. In this podcast we cover child bereavement with Sue McDermott from the charity Rainbows GB,...