Demonstrating the Art of Compassion

'One Day' exhibition in Derry aims to break down the social barriers around death and address the isolation that so often follows

Three artists from the North West are coming together this month to promote awareness of the isolation often suffered as a result of life-limiting illnesses, palliative care and bereavement.

Mary McLaughlin, Catherine Ellis and Catherine Duddy, who survived a fight against breast cancer in 2008, will form the One Day exhibition at Derry's Garden of Reflection, and showcase works inspired by aspects of the Compassionate Communities project.

The project aims to challenge the social taboos around the loss of life by encouraging acts of kindness and by enabling people to plan ahead and treasure their time until the inevitable 'one day' which turns out to be their last.

Through a range of paintings and crafted works the artists hope to transcend the psychological boundaries that can make verbal communication about these feelings difficult for many.

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Running from February 11 - 25, the exhibition is one of two Public Health Agency events taking place in the city this month to help increase awareness about how to better support those in need. An already fully-booked conference titled Tackling Frailty and End of Life through Community Resilience, A Public Health Approach to Living Well is hosted at the Everglades Hotel in February 18.

Sharon Williams of Foyle Hospice commented: 'Dying and death remain social taboos despite the fact that all of us will die one day. By raising awareness and providing people with opportunities to think and plan ahead we hope to change attitudes to dying and death and recognise it as a natural part of life – a journey we all are on together.'

The One Day exhibition opens at the Garden of Reflection gallery on Bishop's Street on Thursday, February 11. For more information on either event please contact Sharon on 028 7135 1010.