The arts and creative engagement in all their forms help people of all ages explore and articulate loss, death, dying and grief. They always have.  

We explore and collaborate with artists and cultural organisations guided by The People’s Charter on Death Dying and Bereavement and our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement.

For more details, please contact our Arts and Creative Engagement Officer, Dominic Campbell, [email protected]

Our Arts and Creative Engagement programme is supported by The Creative Ireland programme

Our Arts and Creative Engagement Policy 

In 2020, with support from The Creative Ireland programme, we developed our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement to guide and inform our strategy and responses. Its key messages are:  

  • our expertise is most useful when in partnership with cultural institutions.  
  • there are many areas where the arts can help lead conversations about death and grief.

Read our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement now.


Our previous work with artists and cultural institutions includes: 

  • Craft: The Bereavement Pin with designer Alan Ardiff.
  • Design: The End-of-Life Symbol developed from the ancient carvings of Newgrange. 
  • Architecture: Our Design and Dignity project is supporting new thinking about the architecture of places we receive end-of-life and bereavement care.
  • Music and Literature: Peter and The Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic re-worked by Gavin Friday, the Friday-Seezer Ensemble and illustrated by Bono. 

Inspired by  

Around the world, arts and creative engagement is being used to explore death, dying, grief and loss.  Those inspiring us include: 

Dying To Know Day 
Absent Friends Festival 
Re-Imagine Festival