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Awen Clement - Independent celebrant, pagan priestess and end of life doula
Awen is a doula, a storykeeper, a pagan priestess and independent celebrant based in the West Midlands. She has always held a vision of being like a wise woman of times past, supporting her community at the beginning of life and also at its end. She believes that life is to be celebrated. Awen hopes to open up the conversation around death and dying within our families and our communities, to bring love back to the end of life.
Ben Pearce, Director, Paintings in Hospitals
Paintings in Hospitals, the charity Ben leads, uses the visual arts to support patients, carers, families and communities across the UK. Today they work in any type of health and social care site – from day centres, care homes to hospices, working with carers, staff and service users to use visual arts to make sites supporting end of life care more compassionate and human. Paintings in Hospitals have also hosted a number of projects discussing, exploring and celebrating both life and death in the Menier gallery, including a ‘Death Café’. Visual arts can empower and help people communicate feelings about dying more easily and expressively, opening up dialogue about the past and the future. Paintings in Hospitals can help any type of palliative care site through our art loans and creative activities, so do get in touch if would like to know more.