The Art of Dying Well

The Art of Dying Well


Our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month we interview at least one guest on our chosen topic, engage in a little ‘Death Chatter’ before hearing the ‘Voice from the Chaplain’s Chair’.

What does it mean to live well and what impact can this have on our death? Can living well really help us achieve a so-called good death?

These issues have preoccupied great minds throughout the ages, including Aristotle and Plato, beginning with the idea that living well, the good life, consists of happiness. However, in philosophical terms, happiness can be seen as less of a goal or an end state, but a manner of living; a subjective feeling.

In this special episode of the Art of Dying Well podcast we take a deep dive into the philosophy of these existential issues with Dr Christopher Hamilton, author and Reader in Philosophy at King’s College London.

Christopher has written several books including Middle Age (The Art of Life), which examines how we cope with the potential of diminishment and reconciling ourselves to the one life that we are living. He also shares his personal experience of coming to terms with a profoundly life-changing event, and learning to live with not having all the answers. And also, can we ask different questions about our life by thinking more constructively?

Recent Episodes

  • The Philosophy of Life and Death | Episode 31

    5 days ago
  • Why end of life companionship matters | Episode 30

    3 months ago
  • Living well, ageing well and dying well | Episode 29

    6 months ago
  • Episode 28: The Art of Listening Well

    8 months ago
  • Episode 27: Men and Grief

    11 months ago
  • Episode 26: Grief in the Classroom

    1 year ago
  • Episode 25: Diagnosing Dying

    1 year ago
  • Episode 24: The Internet and End of Life

    1 year ago
  • Episode 23: End of Life Accompaniment and Lone Deaths

    2 years ago
  • Episode 22: Reporting on death and dying during the pandemic

    2 years ago