Project will assess effects of patients writing about their terminal illness on self perceived quality of lifeBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7092.1485b (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1485
- Gillie Bolton, Research associatea,
- Sam Ahmedzai, Professora
- a Department of Surgical and Anaesthetic Sciences, Palliative Medicine Section, University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF
Editor—Naomi Craft writes of autobiographies about dying.1 2 3 She reasons that these accounts can help readers feel better about their own deaths and satisfy some fearful curiosity about dying; publishing such accounts can fulfil a need of the writers to create a powerful memorial.
The process of writing expressively and exploratively about dying can also have intensely therapeutic benefits, we believe. “Writing therapy in palliative care” is a pilot project started by the palliative medicine …