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The 'afterlife' of the end of the life experience

Thoughts about how we talk about the end of life experience when we're the ones left behind

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When in conversation with my co-interviewee, we got to talking about how the end of life experience is rarely talked about 'after the event'. This seems a missed opportunity for two reasons. 

Firstly, as a loved one suffering from the trauma of having had someone close to you die, it would probably be helpful to talk about it with others...whether it's commenting on how it felt/whether it was or wasn't inline with your emotional expectations. But it's still pretty taboo to talk openly about it; people don't know how to respond or support effectively.

Secondly, if the experience was flawed in some way, it would be useful to feed that back to whoever was involved (healthcare professionals/ hospice etc) so that it can improved for others in the future.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Think more about the death 'post-mortem' - support, conversations & improvements for those left behind

If you participated in an End of Life Storytelling Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

London (Helix Centre)


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