Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Paperchain Bookshop Manuka, 34 Franklin St, Manuka.
I believe it’s time for us to turn all the talk about ‘let’s improve the way we die’ into something practical.
So I’ve developed 11 steps to do this in our culture right now – with the resources we have at hand. So I’m very grateful to Fergus Armstrong and the team at Paperchain for giving me the chance to share ideas about this important subject over antipasto and wine at their bookshop.
My model is based on the idea of the 11 ‘ars moriendi’. With its suggestion of arses and therefore bottoms, this expression sounds terrible to the modern ear.
But it translates from the Latin into ‘the art of dying well’. The ars moriendi were little woodcuts of learning, developed in medieval times to help people prepare for their death.
At that time unusually high numbers of people were dying from the plague and also suffering the loss of moral support from the usual source at the time – priests – who were dying themselves or couldn’t be reached to help.
My idea is to boil down a huge amount of bewildering information available in the modern world today into something easily manageable. We don’t need to invent anything new, just find out what we’ve already got and learn how to access it more effectively.
This set of modern ars moriendi is discussed in my book, A Good Death: a compassionate and practical guide to prepare for the end of life. This set is not romantic or idealised. Everything discussed in my guide is achievable today – although like so many good things in life we may need to work with others to get the best results.
Come and join the discussion to find out more. Antipasti and wine will be served. Books will be sold (and signed!).
If you would like to attend this free event, for catering purposes, please RSVP to Paperchain at : http://books@PaperchainBookstore.com.au or phone Paperchain on 02 6295 6723.
If you would like to attend an event in Sydney, why not join us at Paddington Library on 17 October. To join that event, go to:https://good-grief.com.au/lets-talk-at-paddington-library/