Here we go! After around five years of ‘Story Care’ on palliative care wards and in hospices in Hamburg, I am now also offering training courses in cooperation with Dr Markus Faust, Head Physician for Palliative Medicine at the Asklepios Klinik Hamburg St. Georg. While Story Care remains the umbrella term for my work, from now on we will call the resulting document palligraphy, a play on the words ‘palliative’ and ‘biography’, inspired by calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing. 

In April and June 2024, we want to introduce you to this literally wonderful work over two consecutive weekends in Hamburg – both from a palliative care perspective and from a storytelling perspective. Palliography is based on elements of dignity therapy according to Professor Harvey Chochinov, which I have translated into narrative structures. In addition to an appreciative and dignified review of the life lived, personal thoughts about dying are also included.

From left to right: Janett Peters, Sabrina Görlitz, Dr. Markus Faust

The course will take place on the grounds of the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg. On the first weekend, we will look at what exactly we mean by palligraphy, i.e. we will look at dignity therapy, on which palligraphy is based, among other things. Real-life examples will be used to illustrate similarities and differences. While I will mainly be talking about the art of storytelling and how this is used in working with palliative care patients, Dr. Markus Faust and Janett Peters, ward manager and palliative care specialist, will talk about the special features and challenges of working with palliative care patients and also refer to the influence of individual patient biographies. 

We will also look at the practical implementation of palligrapy. To this end, we will lead appropriate exercises to familiarise participants with the format. You will be given the necessary manual and technical skills. The practical phase follows the first weekend of the course: By the second training weekend, all participants should have completed a palligraphy independently. Participants from the Hamburg area who are not or not yet affiliated with a palliative or hospice care facility will be supported in finding a suitable patient or hospice guest. However, it is also possible to carry out palligraphy in a private setting.

On the second weekend of the course, there will be an exchange of experiences and the case work will be discussed in detail. We will also look at the role of the palligrapher and the distinction from other professions. In addition, we will look at building a network and how we can succeed in spreading this special biography work at the end of life. 


Weekend 1 

Friday, 4/12/24, 18.00 – 20.00 hrs

Saturday, 4/13/24, 09.30 – 19.00 hrs

Sunday, 4/14/24, 09.30 – 16.30 hrs

Weekend 2

Saturday, 6/8/24, 09.30 – 19.00 hrs

Sunday,  6/9/24, 09.00 – 14.00 hrs

Course fee: 680 €

Course size: Max. 18 participants

We have new dates for the second half of the year, the times remain the same:

Weekend 1 

Friday, 10/18/24, 18.00 – 20.00 hrs

Saturday, 10/19/24, 09.30 – 19.00 hrs

Sunday, 10/20/24, 09.30 – 16.30 hrs

Weekend 2

Saturday, 11/23/24, 09.30 – 19.00 hrs

Sunday, 11/23/24, 09.00 – 14.00 hrs

Are you interested to bring my palligraphy course to your palliative ward or hospice facility in your (English speaking) country? Please contact me and we can discuss the options!

I look forward to hearing from you!