This week from 9th to 15th May 2016, is Dying Matters Awareness Week.
I was asked to attend as part of the events held in Fletchers Bar, Kings Heath Birmingham.
It was a very wet and rainy day, but this didn’t stop discussions and interest in what is the #BigConversation. Attendees met up with death professionals to seek out answers to questions, choices available to them with end of life planning, and funeral or celebration of life ceremony choices.
There was plenty of hands on activities including, decorating a coffin with personalised messages or drawings, alternative wreath making, ‘before I die I want to…’ thoughts, memorial thumb print trees and selecting favourite poetry quotes.
Attendees could speak to funeral Celebrants about celebration of life or memorial ceremonies, find out about natural burials, speak to undertakers, chat with hospice professionals and palliative care professionals, see unique floral arrangements, meet funeral singers and artists about creative and personal funeral tributes, and speak to myself and view some of my work regarding funeral photography.
It was a fun but informative atmosphere with a range of ages there. Everyone was encouraged to think of their own ‘before I die I want to…’ statement about what they really want to achieve.
The event wasn’t morbid or sad, it was helpful, informative and thought provoking. A well organised day by all involved and certainly proof that there are so many people willing and able to talk about death.
With thanks to:
Fran and Carrie, A Natural Undertaking
Julia Jones, Lilac Blessings
Ellie Farrell, Alternative Ceremonies Uk
Richard Honeysett- Celebrant
Kate Spohrer – Celebrant
Helen from John Taylor Hospice
Laura, Stuart and everyone else involved.