Biographical story sharing for wellbeing in end of life care

Categories: Community Engagement.

Hospice UK, London, WC1X 9JG, United Kingdom

This interactive workshop shares the experiences and benefits of a hospice-based programme of life-story sharing workshops. It will cover the theory of story sharing and provide practical experience of story making and is led by Miranda Quinney. Miranda is an experienced ‘story maker’ who will share practical tips and her experiences of facilitating story sharing activities.

A recent Northampton University evaluation for patients who had participated in a story sharing programme identified numerous benefits, including promoting a positive sense of well-being and enhanced self-esteem. Their feedback noted. ‘The sessions also provided a way for patients to explore their self-identity, to be valued as a person and not just as a patient.’

Aim

To explore the theory of story sharing and provide the opportunity to practice story sharing techniques. It is anticipated that after attending this workshop you will be able to facilitate story sharing within your organisation, and explain the benefits of participating to patients, families, carers as well as to colleagues.

By the end of the event participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on the power of biographical story telling and understand the benefits to patients of story sharing.
  • Learn the approach and adapt to fit their organisational needs.
  • Experience and facilitate short story telling sessions.
  • Know where to find additional support.

Facilitator: Miranda Quinney, who has been working with story for the last ten years. She tells, makes and performs stories to young and old in a variety of locations. She is passionate about the importance of saving people’s real life stories and works with individuals and groups as a biographer and facilitator. 

Who should attend?

Any staff with strategic or operational responsibility for individuals/patients well-being and psychological or spiritual care, in palliative and end of life care.