The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has turned to the Instagram social networking site as part of project to educate Catholics about the “art of dying well.”
A website – www.artofdyingwell.org – and Instagram page were launched yesterday, 1st November, to offer advice on ‘helping people to die in peace’ and to share resources on ‘death, dying and eternity’.
The emphasis is on understanding and dealing with death and bereavement and accepting them as parts of life that are not necessarily depressing.
The Art of Dying Well Instagram account will host a ‘Remember Them’ virtual memorial wall. People are invited to post pictures and memories of a loved one who has died or is dying on the wall.
By tagging @artofdyingwell on Instagram, these names and photos will then be shared with five convents and abbeys throughout England, who will offer prayers for the dead and dying people.
The account will be complemented by an Art of Dying Well website which, according to a press release from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, aims to reach out a ‘helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying’.
Picture: Stills from the web-based animation, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, which tells the fictitious story of the Fergusons’ struggles after cancer strikes the family.