Listening and having tender conversations – with Dr Kathryn Mannix
What happens when we truly listen to someone, give them our complete attention with tenderness and compassion, and enable them to talk about what matters most?
Compassionate Cymru are delighted to invite you to an In Conversation event with Dr Kathryn Mannix. Titled Listening and having tender conversations, this webinar explores what happens when we truly listen to someone, give them our complete attention with tenderness and compassion, and enable them to talk about what matters most.
Our panel members will be:
Dr Kathryn Mannix: after working in palliative care for 30 years in hospitals, community teams and hospitals, she took early retirement to work for better public understanding of dying. She writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the UK and beyond; her first book ‘With the End in Mind’ was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and is a Times book of the year, and her second book ‘Listen: how to find the words for tender conversations’ was published to critical acclaim in September 2021. She is still getting over her surprise.
Dr Idris Baker: Idris has been a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in Swansea for 17 years. He is National Clinical Lead for palliative and end of life care in Wales, chairs the National Bereavement Steering Group, and regularly contributes to education in Wales and elsewhere on topics in palliative care and clinical ethics. He enjoys a bit of debate, and revels in having been denounced to the press by one opponent as ‘genuinely wicked’.
Lesley Howells: Lesley is Lead Psychologist and Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Maggie’s.Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.
Dr Justine McCullough: Justine’s interest in and willingness to speak at the discussion is based on her experience of caring for her Dad who lived with bulbar onset Motor Neurone Disease for two years before dying at the age of 59 years old. Her Dad very much wanted to live despite his advancing symptoms, and Justine and her family rallied around him, at the end caring for him at home while he was on a ventilator.