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.
The material has been published in a free booklet available within the region. Four thousand copies were printed, and have been distributed to the local palliative care services that were instrumental in reaching the participants involved with the project.
There will be exhibitions of the material in art galleries in Victoria, commencing with an exhibition at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery from the 1st November 2016.
The community will also be reached by a set of posters designed for display at field days, farmers markets, libraries, and community centres.
The initial release of the book and two of the stories on Facebook via Palliative Matters has reached over 20,000 people in a week, had 2,000 clicks and 600 reactions.
The work will be exhibited at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery from the 1st November to the 5th December 2016. The launch, open to the public, 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