This Dialogue & Debate webinar with Cumberland Lodge, on ‘A Good Death & The Community’, features four guest panellists:
Dr Nicholas Long – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Linda Magistris – Chief Executive Officer and founder, The Good Grief Trust
Julia Samuel MBE – Psychotherapist and Author
Canon James Woodward – Principal, Sarum College
The discussion is presented by our Programme Director, Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock.
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Key themes of discussion
New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) explores how different UK communities are conceptualising the meaning of ‘a good death’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, a good death refers to a death that is free from avoidable distress and suffering, for patients, family and caregivers, in accordance with patient and family wishes and consistent with broadly accepted clinical, cultural and ethical standards.
Social cohesion relies on shared rituals and meaning-making, and trust in the state and other political actors. This webinar explores how government, faith communities, charities and non-governmental organisations can best support those affected by death – many of whom face restrictions in terms of the community responses that usually help groups to deal with bereavement.
Government data reveals that death rates are higher in certain demographic groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, single-parent households, multi-generational Black Asian and Minority Ethnic households and the elderly, and single men in lone households.
Throughout this webinar, we examine how particularly vulnerable groups, as well as the wider community, can be supported to allow for important bereavement rituals to be exercised, in a way that is safe, respectful and retains trust in the state and other public actors.
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