Supporting bereaved people at Christmas

10 December 2014

A sad woman in front of a Christmas treeKate Ibbeson lost both her mum and dad to cancer within just ten months. Since their deaths, Kate, from Walkley, Sheffield, has set up Sheffield Cancer Mafia, an informal support group that aims to bring together people with cancer, cancer survivors, carers, family, friends and those who have lost a loved one.

Just hours before his sudden death, my fiancé shared his last wishes

11 November 2014

When Cherri's fiancé Bryan died suddenly, she went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral. But remarkably, Bryan had discussed his end of life wishes with her the evening before he died, so Cherri knew what plans to make. She shares her story. 

Using puppets to prompt death discussions

15 October 2014

Karin with one of her creationsKarin Jashapara (pictured left with one of her creations) is the founder of the Play of Light theatre company, which presents two shadow puppet plays aimed at encouraging dialogue about death at the Kicking the Bucket festival in Oxfordshire this October. She tells Dying Matters how losing both her parents within two years has shaped her work.

Starting the death conversation

13 October 2014

The Conversations Project, run by Antonia Rolls and Gail Willington

“Conversations about the End of Life, Finding Time to Think in our Busy World.” Blog by Antonia Rolls, pictured. 


How to create a Before I Die board

7 April 2016

Before I Die is a project started by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans following her own experience of bereavement, writes Maggie Fay, Practice Educator at LOROS Hospice in Leicester. 

A typical Before I Die Board

End of life care plans provide relief and healing

5 April 2016

As professionals we always think of advance care planning as providing choice and control to patients while enabling us to deliver the best care at the end of life. The reality of working with someone on their advance care plan shows that the impact is even greater, writes Mireille Hayden, Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk

Real Death Cafe to launch in London

20 October 2015

Jon Underwood is the founder of Death Cafe, a fast-growing movement which sees people gathering to eat, drink and discuss death. Influenced by the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, the goal of Death Cafe is to create a safe environment where people feel comfortable talking about the one common fate awaiting us all.  What started in Jon’s basement has swiftly grown into an international phenomenon, with numerous events worldwide.

Death Cafes take to the water

6 March 2015

Mystic Moon

Author and psychotherapist Sue Brayne, pictured below, is bringing her expertise to the UK’s waterway network via series of pop-up Death Cafes. She tells Dying Matters why a narrowboat makes the perfect venue for contemplating your mortality. 

How to talk to children about death

18 February 2015

The Copper Tree jacketHilary Robinson is the author of more than 40 books for young children. Her book, The Copper Tree, was the first of a series of picture-books tackling challenging social issues such as prejudice, adoption and bereavement.


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