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Reflections on creativity
  1. Nigel Hartley, Director
  1. Creative Living Centre, St Christopher’s Hospice, London

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Working creatively with people who are coming to the end of their lives can provide a number of challenges. Sometimes, as health professionals, we think we know best and offer activities or diversions based on our own interests and past-times. If, on the other hand, we cannot see the point in such things, we fail to offer anything at all. However, my experience has shown that if we really listen to people they will tell us what they want, clearly and directly. Take, for example, a group of elderly patients approaching the end of …

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