Wine and cheese
Author: The Reverend Andrew Goodhead, Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice
12 December 2014
The purpose of Death Chat is to offer a weekly meeting place to whoever would like to come. This provides continuity and establishes relationships between attendees. Death Chat has a flexible approach with a different discussion topic each week. New participants are welcomed and quickly find a place in the conversation as wine and cheese are shared.
We became the focus of a project for some postgraduate students from Goldsmiths, University of London, studying performance. Their reflections on death and dying and the personal impact on them of attending Death Chat led to an evening performance in the hospice gardens of a piece they had co-created on the theme of dying.
Emma Berentsen, speaking for the students said: “For our performance we asked the question; do we fear death because we will remain nothing more than a memory? We also wondered how, as performance makers, we could create a performance that would address the fear of dying? How could we create a performance that diminished barriers to talking about death and dying?”
Fellow students and course tutors attended the performance as well as regular Death Chat attendees. Attendees were challenged to consider their own dying and what the end of life can mean in a supportive, hospice environment.
To read the full article written by Andrew Goodhead: Weekly ‘Death Chat’ at St Christopher’s encourages end of life conversations