Sterbesettings - Eine interdisziplinäre Perspektive

In a collaboration with the Centre for Palliative Care at the City Hospital Waid in Zurich, we examine the role of language, care, design, as well as religion, in the daily live of the terminally ill.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Additional departments Health Professions
  • Institute Institute of Design Research
  • Research unit Social Communication
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration (planned) 01.01.2020 - 30.06.2023
  • Project management Corina Caduff
  • Head of project Corina Caduff
  • Project staff Eva Soom Ammann
    Tanja Schwarz
    Bitten Stetter
    Tina Braun
    Francis Müller
    Gaudenz Metzger
    Arne Scheuermann
  • Partner Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF
    Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
    Stadtspital Waid
  • Keywords Dying and Desing, Design in Palliative Care


Next to a number of scientific publications (among them two PhD theses), we develop new approaches to the design of care items and products of visual communication, in collaboration with our partner institution.

Course of action

From our transdisciplinary angle, we analyse various intersections between language, care, design, and religion. What role does the religious or spiritual domain play in care? How are acts of care reflected in the ways of speaking? What's the function of design with regard to care items, spatial sourroundings and others? A video artist will reflect the research process and contribute to the publication of the results.