The gift of legacy and memorialisation


Half day
03 Jun, 2019
1pm – 5pm
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Central Hall Westminster, The Aldersgate Room, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

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A new take on addressing pain and distress around end of life

About the event

This half day event highlights innovatory work focused on creating legacy and preserving memories as important new strategies in the care of people who are dying or bereaved. Drawing on learning from the Mayo Clinic, USA, St Christopher’s and the Innovation Unit UK, the event explores opportunities for creating legacy [and supporting memorialisation] on the part of clergy, spiritual care leads, palliative care practitioners and those working with people who fear being “forgotten” in death, including people who are homeless or who live on the margins of society.

We will also consider what opportunities can be created in hospices, hospitals, churches and care homes to offer informal ways for people to remember those who have died meaningfully, creating ‘places of memory’ for bereaved men and women.

We don’t have all the answers, but we have some ideas, and we welcome colleagues who are curious to explore these with us to do more and differently.

  • What will I learn?

    • To share learning developed at the Mayo Clinic around spiritual legacy
    • To share academic learning generated in the UK on memorialisation at end of life
    • To explore a new prototype designed to help people tell the stories of their lives before they die
    • To consider ways in which these approaches might be integrated into practice
  • Who is it for?

    We believe that this event is likely to be of interest to:

    • Clergy
    • Spiritual care leads based in hospices and hospitals
    • Palliative care professionals
    • People involved in homelessness charities
  • Course tutors

    • Dr Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice
    • Katherine Piderman, Coordinator of Spiritual Research and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
    • Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead, Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher’s Hospice

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If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help

020 8768 4656

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