The Art of Dying Well

Episode 25: Diagnosing Dying

July 29, 2021 The Art of Dying Well
The Art of Dying Well
Episode 25: Diagnosing Dying
Show Notes

We're tackling a very difficult subject on this 'Art of Dying Well' podcast. What happens when you get the news that nobody wants? How do you cope with a diagnosis that changes everything? We're looking at how we can listen to, accompany and support a loved one who has received a terminal diagnosis. It’s a traumatic time for everyone but it can be a time for taking control, setting goals and making sure you’re able to make the most of that often short but very precious time towards the end.Our two guests have walked alongside and cared for so many people and their families as they’ve journeyed towards death. Firstly we speak to Professor Julia Riley. Julia’s one of the country's leading palliative care consultants and Clinical Lead for a service called 'Coordinate My Care'. Talented poet and performer Audrey Ardern-Jones joins us for an extended 'Death Chatter'. Audrey worked for many years as a senior nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and her beautiful poetry reflects her nursing experiences at the bedside. Listen out for three of Audrey’s poems on the podcast.