Our work on enabling people to talk about death and dying is based on some fundamental principles.
People should be met where they are
This means taking their beliefs and concerns seriously by listening attentively to them and expecting to learn something. It means bringing God’s story into conversation with their story rather than telling people all the answers.
Practice should be positive
Our practice in this area should be effective and not be harmful. We believe in reflecting on our work and developing evidence-based practice.
Reflecting on death is for everyone
People of all ages and states of health, not just those who are frail or terminally ill, should be encouraged to consider their mortality and engage with Christian teaching on the resurrection. We see this as an issue of discipleship.
We need to receive the wisdom of ‘the last days’
The final phases of life for both old and young can be places of potential learning, growth, and prophetic vision from which others can learn. This means gathering stories, documenting insights, and encouraging creative expression – receiving wisdom, not just giving pastoral care.