The beautiful illustrations of Andrea Ucini for a new book show us “how to die well”
Featuring soft textured and often minimalist works of art that play with light and shadow – something for which the Danish-based Italian artist is renowned – How to die well is part of a mutual life insurance, retirement and investment campaign and provides information and support on topics ranging from end-of-life planning, inheritance settlement and organizing a funeral, to say goodbye to loved ones, to accept the last farewell and deal with mourning.
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 assistance in dying.
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. âLosing someone you love is a devastating experience, and we’re making it worse for ourselves right now by putting off important conversations until the last minute – or until it’s too late,â says Rankin.
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 broader changes for the better, for example, tackling burial poverty and achieving a better understanding of the impact of bereavement on mental health.
How to Die Well will be available through libraries and free online access. 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 ââdeath, 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 death it would be easier to fulfill our end-of-life wishes. life.