About this webinar
A conversation with writer Fiona Mason, end of life doula Li Mills and palliative care consultant Dr Simone Ali, hosted by Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).
Join us for a thought-provoking evening as Fiona shares extracts from her new memoir 36 Hours, which chronicles her experience of caring for her husband at home during the final days of his life. Li and Simone will discuss their own experiences as practitioners working with those close to death, as they respond to both the emotional and practical issues raised by Fiona’s experience. Followed by a Q&A session.
This event is part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021.
Fiona Mason is a writer, facilitator and arts consultant. Her main interest is in life-writing, and she began 36 Hours during an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths. It was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England to complete the project. Find out more about Fiona's memoir 36 Hours here: fionamason.co.uk/36-hours
Li Mills is a Brighton based musician, who trained as an end of life doula (or companion) with Living Well Dying Well when she realised that she felt comfortable talking openly about death and dying, and that in turn, others felt comfortable responding. Li has supported numerous terminally ill clients, their friends and families, through her work with End of Life Doula UK. She also hosts Death Cafes and has recently extended her work into funeral celebrancy. Li feels it is a huge privilege to accompany people at the end of life.
Dr Simone Ali has been working as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Martlets Hospice since March 2004. She took up the role of Medical Director at the hospice in 2013 and led the Community Palliative Care Team in Brighton and Hove as Clinical Director from 2010-2016. Simone sees it as important to enable those with life-limiting and progressive illness to live as fully and as comfortably as possible, and to give them and their families the opportunities and tools to help plan the future, whatever that might look like.
This event will be chaired by Professor Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at BSMS. This event is part of the Ethics in Performance series.
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