Andrea Ucini’s beautiful illustrations for a new book show us “ how to die well ”
Showcasing soft textured, often minimalist works of art that play with light and shadow – the hallmark of the Danish-based Italian artist – How To Die Well is part of a campaign by the mutual fund. life, retirement and investment insurance and provides information and support on topics ranging from end-of-life planning, estate regulation and funeral planning, to saying goodbye to loved ones , to accept the last farewell and to face the sorrow.
The book features contributions from authors Eimear McBride and Flora Baker, journalists Rhik Sammader, Kevin Toolis and Amita Joshi, and musician Ben Buddy Slack, as well as Royal London CEO Barry O’Dwyer, as well as leaders in the fields palliative care, funeral poverty. and help to die.
It also features an essay by photographer and filmmaker Rankin on his own personal experience of death, including the loss of his parents 15 years ago. “Losing someone you love is a devastating experience, and we’re making it worse right now by postponing important conversations until the last minute – or until it’s too late,” Rankin says.
How to Die Well was born out of the belief that dying well can be a fundamental part of living well if we can just overcome our reluctance to talk about it. We hope the book will help as many people as possible, and also that it could. lead to broader changes for the better. For example, tackle funeral poverty and achieve a better understanding of the impact of bereavement on mental health. “
How to Die Well will be available in libraries and free online. Copies will also be provided by Royal London to major charities and organizations working with various communities in the UK and Ireland in the area of death, end of life planning, bereavement and loss, and available to financial advisers to share with their clients. .
The campaign was informed by a survey which found that 87% of people in the UK agreed if we felt more comfortable discussing the death it would be easier to have our end wishes come true of life.