good life, good death, good grief


“They have dementia but you get to know people really well, even the people who can’t communicate, you try your best. You know their history, their personality, their likes, their dislikes. I really started to love the people I was there to care for.

You have to learn to take grief in your stride almost. I’d never seen a dead person before. Their little room in the care home is empty and somebody else will come along and fill it. It's OK to cry. But you’re still at work. You still have responsibility for all the other residents, who still need you, relying on you.”

Stefanie, Care Assistant in a Care Home for People with Dementia






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This is part of It Takes a Village, a project by Colin Gray and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. View the full exhibition from the beginning here: It Takes a Village

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