Our Project Partner, Mountbatten Hospice hosted a wonderful conference entitled Care for a Revolution? Some striking talks and keynotes from Adam Kay, Tracey Bleakley, Dame Barbara Monroe, Barbara Gale, Sam Kyeremateng and (member of the Care for Music Advisory Board) Nigel Hartley.
Two days discussing how to enrich our languages of death and dying, how to build responsive, sustainable, and creative communities of care (see photo of Nigel’s keynote below), volunteering, help/self help, and the importance of fleeting, often very tiny, acts of kindness between people. Death and dying, illness – these involve much more than the physical symptoms. They are characterised by total pain, and culture (music) has a role to play in the transfigurement of that kind of (psycho- social- physical- existential- ) pain. Lesson: dying is fundamentally social and death can be our friend. At the end of day one, the Mountbatten Choir lifted everyone’s spirits.