Speaking of death

A workshop exploring the use of creative and reflective writing as a way of processing the impact of patient death and dying on healthcare professionals.

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  • What is the impact of patient dying and death on healthcare professionals? 
  • What emotions does it give rise to? 
  • How can grief be registered, expressed and processed  in the midst of demanding clinical settings? 
  • Is it possible to be both efficient and sensitive? 
  • Objective and emotionally engaged? 
  • How can caring professionals stay attuned to the emotional needs of patients at the end of life?
  • How can they themselves stay healthy and prevent burn-out?
Sue Mayfield will facilitate a conversation around some of these issues and introduce practical ideas for creative and reflective writing about death and dying. Participants will be helped to write, to develop ideas and to craft their words into simple poems. There will be opportunities to share writing with others but no expectation or pressure – should you wish to keep your words private. Sue Mayfield is a Cheltenham-based novelist and poet who has worked extensively in healthcare settings. She is currently writer-in-residence at Southmead Hospital and facilitates writing-for-wellbeing courses at Cheltenham Maggie’s Centre. Sue uses writing therapeutically within her psychodynamic counselling practice and is the author of two books about bereavement  – Living with Bereavement (2008 Lion)  and First Steps Through Bereavement 2011 Lion).
Date: 26th March
Time: 6:15pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Brunel building, Southmead Hospital
To book please visit: www.speakingofdeath.eventbrite.co.uk 

Healthcare professionals, artists and anyone with an interest are all welcome to attend.


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