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Catholic Church encourages Christians to learn the art of dying well

The Catholic Church is launching a campaign to better support those who are coming to the end of their lives.

It says the Church has 2,000 years' worth of experience of helping people to die in peace and has a vast amount of resources and reflections on death that it wants to open up to everyone.

The campaign, The Art of Dying Well, includes a website which offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying as well as an Instagram account in which people can upload pictures of loved ones who are dying.

The Church is promising that nuns and monks across the country will then pray for those individuals.

Speaking on Premier's News Hour about the need to talk about death, Bishop John Sherrington from the Diocese of Westminster said: "It's something we'll all face some day but also we need to enable people to talk about dying when they're diagnosed with an illness or sickness that is life threatening and be a lot more free talking about the whole process and understanding it better."

The Church says the campaign is based in the Catholic tradition but is open to all.

Over the coming weeks and month, through its online hub it will feature real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey.

Bishop John says for believers there is nothing to fear in death.

"Death in this life is not the end," he said. "In our website we not only look at the physical and emotional dimensions about dying but also the spiritual and therefore opening up to that promise of eternal life which is hope to all Christians."

The campaign launched on All Saints Day - 1st November, with a Mass in Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Listen to Bishop John speaking on Premier's News Hour:

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