Dying Matters tribute to Jon Underwood

29 June 2017
Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Cafe Movement in the UK, has died suddenly at the age of 44.

Jon liked to think of himself as a Death Activist. Between his work for Death Cafes and his contribution for Dying Matters, this could not have been more true. His work, passion and commitment to death activism was invaluable. He also built and managed Funeral Advisor in association with the Natural Death Centre Charity and ran Impermanence.

Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“We have been shocked and horrified to hear about the sudden death of Jon Underwood. Jon was more than a colleague – he was a good friend, deeply perceptive and insightful, and a passionate advocate for encouraging conversations about end of life care. As the founder of the Death Café movement, he made a huge contribution to making it easier for people to talk about dying, death and bereavement. And as the developer and curator of the Find Me Help website, he helped thousands of people to quickly and easily find practical help and support near them. His work touched the lives of so many people around the world. He was a wonderful human being. We will miss him terribly, and our thoughts and heart-felt condolences go out to his family.”

Death Cafe will continue through Jon's mother Sue Barsky Reid and his sister Jools Barsky, at his request.

His wife has written a statement that can be read here 

His funeral took place at Jamyang Buddhist Centre on 6th July 2017. Images form the service can be found here. 

For all Press Enquiries, please contact Louise Winter 

Tel: 07506 315591

Email: louise@poetic-endings.com


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