Max Kleijberg is a designer and postdoctoral researcher with a doctoral degree in medical science from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He also works as regional expert in cancer care equity at the Regional Cancer Centre Stockholm-Gotland. His research takes a transdisciplinary approach to issues related to health equity, aging, severe illness, and the end-of-life. Through participatory action research he partners with community stakeholders to collaboratively develop knowledge and create meaningful change. His ongoing research addresses cancer disparities among ethnically diverse people in Sweden, and health equity for LGBTQ+ people in relation to aging, severe illness and the end-of-life.

Marian Tasker started her hospice career as a volunteer at a South London Hospice. Using art and digital skills, Marion supported patients to leave personal stories for their families through writing, film and audio. The impact of this work was positively recognized and funding was received to develop an arts team. Marion completed a degree in counselling and psychotherapy providing the opportunity to explore at depth end of life narratives and continued to work within the arts team for 18 years. Many community projects were pioneered and continue to be relevant today. Marion has worked with Mountbatten for the last 6 years combining art and therapy skills to support patients and families at end of life and through bereavement.

Max and Marion will lead a workshop titled 'Arts activities to facilitate intergenerational conversations about the end-of-life' on Thursday 20th October.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to experience how arts activities can create space for conversations about dying, death, and loss. Come as you are, no prior arts experience is needed. You will learn how arts activities can help to facilitate creative expression and community building around topics and experiences that may be difficult to articulate verbally. The workshop is based on our work and research which engages children and people living at the end-of-life in intergenerational arts projects surrounding dying, death, and loss.

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