Carers in the Grampians - Ararat Regional Art Gallery exhibition

The Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team commissioned a set of interviews and photographic portraits of people in the Grampians region who cared for a family member receiving palliative care at home.

Photographed while talking openly about their parents, partners, siblings and children, the ten participants reveal what it’s like to hear that there is nothing more the medical community can do for a member of their family. They discuss the impact that had on their family member in palliative care, and on themselves.

This set of ten photographic portraits with text reveals some of the joys as well as some of the challenges of caring for someone you love who is receiving palliative care. It also reveals how the participants deal with death, and with grief. They share the benefits and difficulties of looking after their family members at home, and acknowledge how the experience has changed them.


Exhibition
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
1st November to 5th December
10am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday
12pm – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
The public launch will be on Wednesday November 9th at 2pm.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery website

This project was commissioned by the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team, and funded by the Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium.
Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team
Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium


Media
WIN News TV segment

2016

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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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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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