1. Provides a space to openly share their life stories - based upon questions asked by the artist about the patient's experiences of joy, courage, freedom, love and resilience. Patients are able to go as deep as they like or to take the Pressing Session in a direction is of the most value to them. The artist responds in real time to cues and responses from the patient, balancing sensitivity and valuable inquiry. The outcome of an experience like this can be highly cathartic and relieving to someone's who's identity and story has become secondary to their diagnosis.
2. By sharing their stories in this way, it provides a mechanism for the patient to form a more meaning-based narrative of their lives. A meaning-based narrative is different to a straight inventory of life events - it is a memory, emotion and sensory rich process that can help to reflect the essential experiences of a human life
3. The recording of legacy - a patient can experience a sense of security knowing that they will be remembered and reflected upon by the people on their life.
1. A moment for them to share their grief, their appreciation, their love and respect. A moment when dual and multiple emotions are given permission and understanding to co-exist. To feel great love and warmth towards their spouse whilst also feeling a great sense of loss and sadness. This is an example of the reality of dual emotional experiences, that often in order to feel love we must also feel fear and sadness.
To care is to engage with a sense of attachment to outcome - to be affected by the wellness and experiences of someone else. Empathy is an experience that has hazy bounds - to care just enough for the wellbeing of another human whilst also retaining a sense of boundary in order to live our own emotional experience that runs alongside the care of a loved one.
There is a potency that comes with the words being spoken by a dying person. People tend to take notice and receive these messages with a depth of understanding and connection that simply cannot be simulated in any other way.
During one of our sessions, a patient