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The Art of Dying Well is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying.

Although devised by the Church in England and Wales and based in the Catholic tradition, it is open to all.

It features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life.

The site launched in November – the traditional month of remembering and praying for the dead – with Mass in Westminster Cathedral celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

It is designed for everyone, including those who are dying, their friends, family and carers.

The Ars Moriendi or Art of Dying was a very popular 15th Century manuscript designed to bring Christian comfort and practical guidance to a dying person and his or her family.

The original Latin texts and illustrations offered advice on the protocols and procedures for a good death. Key content included deathbed etiquette and prayers, as well as the five temptations that a dying person might face and the prescribed antidotes.