palliative care

Precious Time: The Carers exhibition

Twelve photographic portraits with text reveal the joys and the challenges of caring for someone in palliative care.

Fitzroy Library, 2nd October to 29th November 2017

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What is it like to care for a family member at home when they are in palliative care? How does that change your relationship? How does it change how you live your life? What is it like when they die? How do you cope with grief? What are the benefits and difficulties of looking after someone in palliative care when you live in the Goulburn Valley?

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Two people entwined by love and care. One person is receiving palliative care, the other is their partner who cares for them. Both are asked what it is like to be in their shoes, and to imagine what it would be like for the other. Would they change places?

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CarersInTheGrampians

Jade Odgers from the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team, and digital storyteller Pippa Wischer discuss the project’s goals. Two of the participants, Nola and Maddie, discuss their involvement in the Carers in the Grampians project, and what it meant to them.

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Kylie, Carers in the Grampians

“He was in my arms when he died, on a sunny day, in his own house that we built. He was looking into my eyes and we lay down. He took his two last breaths and he died in my arms. It was very quick. He’d said his goodbyes, said, “I love you”. It was an intense connection. It was a very powerful moment.” – Kylie

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Carers_Book. Kylie

“It was really important to Bernard and me, and to our children, to have a home death. When it was time, we brought the bed into the lounge room because I said I want people to continue to be around him. He’s going to be part of this. This is a part of life. It’s just a natural process for us.” – Kylie

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Kris, Carers in the Grampians

“We value life and friends more now, and it’s made our relationship stronger. I’m thinking of doing Meals on Wheels, or volunteering somewhere. I just need to get out so I can find my feet and start again.” – Kris

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Carers_Book. Kris

“We value life and friends more now, and it’s made our relationship stronger. I’m thinking of doing Meals on Wheels, or volunteering somewhere. I just need to get out so I can find my feet and start again.” – Kris

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Carers_Exhibition print. Kylie

What is it like to care for a family member at home when they are in palliative care? How does that change your relationship? How does it change how you live your life? What is it like when they die? How do you cope with grief?

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cosplay

Eight volunteers and their clients in palliative care discuss how the volunteers and volunteering has changed their lives. Commissioned by Palliative Care Victoria in 2015.

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Edward

Forty people receiving palliative care reveal their thoughts about life, dreams and dying. Is there a purpose to life? What gives them joy? Have they had dreams or visions about death or the hereafter? How do they feel about dying?

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