On the evening of Friday 18 January The Art of Dying Well is bringing together two people who have inspired millions with their accounts of caring for the terminally ill. Palliative care pioneer Kathryn Mannix will be in conversation with actor Greg Wise who put the rest of his life on hold to care for his sister as she was dying of cancer.
Journalist and LBC presenter, Shelagh Fogarty, will chair the evening and take questions from the audience. Shelagh takes a keen professional interest in the subject of social care.
Kathryn Mannix’s book, With the End in Mind, relates her experience as a doctor who has treated thousands of patients in their final weeks and days. Kathryn shows that with good palliative care, the process of dying can be peaceful and bring comfort to those left behind.
Greg Wise (credits include Lord Mountbatten in the Netflix series, The Crown) was full-time carer for his beloved sister, Clare, during the last three months of her life. They wrote blogs that traced their steps on the journey. After Clare’s death these accounts were published as a book, Not That Kind of Love. Greg describes how he found grace, love, humour and humanity looking after Clare.
He says: “One of the things that has become very clear to me is that in profound darkness there are always nuggets of grace or joy that will completely colour the day, little victories something as simple as get Clare to drink a glass of smoothie, take a pill or go to the loo. There were moments that just worked and these were filled with grace and love.”
The evening has been organised by The Art of Dying Well (artofdyingwell.org) - St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. The vision of The Art of Dying Well is to provide a hopeful accompaniment for the human journey.
The Art of Dying Well: In Conversation with Kathryn Mannix, Shelagh Fogarty and Greg Wise takes place on Friday 18 January at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked at: https://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/event/the-art-of-dying-well-with-greg-wise-and-kathryn-mannix/