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Arts For Life's 'End of Life' Poetry Project at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

The ongoing poetry project led by Allison Day, a writer and nurse practitioner on A&E, seeks to highlight the importance of communication at the heart of the caring relationship, and to create an ongoing act of remembrance and legacy that aspires to be both affirmative and therapeutic.

 

'At Musgrove all of life - its beginning, middle and end - is written'

 

 

The End of Life poetry project was launched at an extremely successful event during Dying Matters week (9 – 15 May 2016).

 

The event included a keynote talk by Professor Paul Dieppe from Exeter University Medical School before Allison Day, a writer and nurse practitioner on A&E, who is leading the project, shared with everyone the poems she had written in response to the initial 'guided conversations' she has had with staff, patients and loved ones.

 

Ispired by the epic verse of Homer, the aim of the project is to coordinate the creation of a collaborative narrative poem written by and for the hospital community, that can be contributed to over time, to encourage more open dialogue around our universal shared experience of death and dying.

 

The project aims to highlight the importance of communication at the heart of the caring relationship, and to create an ongoing act of remembrance and legacy that aspires to be both affirmative and therapeutic.

 

To read more about the project, click HERE.

To find out more about Art for Life and the work that they are doing, click HERE.

 

Image: Father and Daughter, Taunton Market by Ingrid Hesling

 

Posted on 17 August 2016

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