Responding to End-of-Life “Care” with Poetry

Event Date: April 4, 2023

Throughout April, the Good Death? project is exploring ideas about care, caring, caregiving and carefulness as depicted in a wide range of historical and contemporary poetry. We are excited to learn from medical and social care practitioners, carers, patients, their families, and wider publics. What does it mean to be a “care professional” or a “carer”? How can we reawaken the latent meanings in this word – which so often conjures negative associations (“the care system; “care leavers”; “care pathways”; “carer’s allowance”) – and explore care as a relational phenomenon which can be a vocation as well as a burden, and an act of love as well as an act of acceptance.

If you are interested in participating in this phase of the project, we would love to hear from you. In our group sessions (online and in person), we read a series of poems aloud and use these to generate discussion and reflection from both personal and professional perspectives. All are welcome and no previous experience or knowledge of literature is needed. You can contact the team at