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About the Artwork

“In 2009, after many years in hospice work, I was asked to help a friend in Oregon do the spiritual work around her choice to have medical aid in dying. (She asked me to do this not as part of her hospice care, but as a friend.) We did a weekend intensive, and within two weeks she took her leave. I did this series of collages about a month after her death to honor her life choices and my experience of her release from her broken-down body.”

Beth Patterson is a certified palliative-care interfaith chaplain. She has worked in end-of-life care almost her whole career, which has spanned everything from bereavement counseling to fundraising to chaplaincy. She currently works at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, CO, where she cares for patients in a community hospital as well as an inpatient hospice unit.


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