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Collections: End of Life

This collection of projects explores issues around End of Life care through art, objects, conversations and design interventions. This work builds on previous research funded by Marie Curie exploring the role of design in rethinking how we experience end of life, death and bereavement. The End of Life collection includes enquiries from the 100 Year Life and the Future Home project, funded through the Research England E3 programme funding.

Our expertise in this area of work is led by Prof Claire Craig, Prof Michael Tan, and Helen Fisher.

Compassionate Conversations

Compassionate Conversations through Art

This enquiry explores how an archive of images created by artist Michele Angelo Petrone about the emotional cancer journey might be used to support the emotional needs of people living with a terminal illness. 



The Life Café

The Life Café is a space to uncover and share what is meaningful in life and in care.


Death is part of Life. Photo: Dandelion on blue background, close-up created by besmirhamiti

Death is Part of Life. Let’s talk about it

Thinking and talking about death, end of life arrangements and loss can be daunting and difficult. How do we discuss death? Where do we begin?

Trails - granddaughter and grandparent

Trails – Enabling Ongoingness

A design artefact that explores concepts of ongoingness in the context of dementia. The piece explores the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandparents through capturing and curating digital media now for the future, offering ways for her to feel a sense of her grandparents in particular places.

When Seasons Change - the photograph shows a small group of people, standing in the shade of a very large, old tree, having a discussion

When Seasons Change

A novel nature-based creative activity to encourage reflection, discussion, and planning on end of life.


Nothing Left Unsaid - a set of credit card sized cards which conversation prompts printed on them

Nothing Left Unsaid

A set of pocket-sized cards which are prompts for those conversations that leave nothing left unsaid
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Compassionate Sheffield - a pen sketch of the front of Sheffield City Hall

Compassionate Sheffield

​A project exploring what makes Sheffield ‘compassionate’ when it comes to end of life care.