We are currently in the middle of Dying Matters Awareness Week, an annual occasion in the UK where people and organisations across the country hold events in their communities to raise awareness about death and dying. The campaign aims to work with people everywhere to create an open culture where we feel comfortable to talk about death dying and grief. The focus this year is on talking about death, dying and grief in the workplace.
On Sunday I created a small stand in our local market, bringing books about death, dying and grief for people to browse, along with information boards about the campaign, and leaflets for support services in our local area. Two of my friends joined me to engage with anyone who wanted to have a conversation. We were also able to promote the Lost Art of Simple Dying workshops that I run in the village. People who have attended are invited to join a Death & Dying Discussion group which meets a few times a year. In future we hope to run a Death Cafe together in the village, which will be open to anyone who’d like to come along.
I’m available as a Soul Midwife to offer free support to families in Wolvercote who may be facing the death of a loved one.