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Art Making at the end-of-life.

Creating art, music, poetry is an important process for the person dying, the family and the caregivers.

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I created the piece of my 90 year old mother with butterfly wings when I first started taking care of her at home because she loved to walk around the property taking care of plants and I didn't want her to fall. I think everyone should get to grow wings when they get old to keep them from falling and to help them to fly.  I might even call it medicine art for both the elder and caregiver.

You can empower yourself and others with art making, poetry, and music around the end of life. The process can lighten the burden and move us into a less linear sense of time and connect us to seasonal life cycles and natural rhythms of nature. Color, light, sound and imagination are inspirational as is the act of creativity. I have been researching artist's last works to gain more insight into the role of art making at the end of life. I am open to collaborating with others in collecting examples of last works including music and poetry , especially from non western cultures which we could examine together.

Tell us about your work experience:

I've worked in Art Education,mostly with high school students and did my Masters Thesis in Art Education at the University of the Arts on the "Role of Creativity in Aging and Dying."


Peggy Hartzell


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