April features national Tomb Sweeping Day in China. It’s a one-day holiday to pay respect to ancestors. I’m alert to this because I’m busy packing my bag for China and planning a good (respectful) rummage around to see what I can find our about their culture, traditions and relationship with death and dying. On Tomb […]
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Final Fling’s Death Cafe and Death Meet-ups provide a warm, friendly, safe space to explore thoughts and experiences of life and death.
We ran the first Death Cafe in Scotland in 2013 to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week and ran them for several years each quarter.
We’ve broadened the events out and call them Death Meet-ups
Around the world, there’s a rich tapestry of traditions and practices connected with death.
Traditions and beliefs around death change with the fashion. The Victorians photographed the dead, then that practice went out of fashion. Christians used to think suicide was honourable then changed their mind. How we die depends very much on our culture and society.
What happens after life? Is there an Afterlife? Heaven, hell, return to the earth, the soul’s onward journey – it’s the subject of thousands of words on the web, in scholarly papers and the popular press, in debates and bar room musings.
Day of the Dead is a huge festival that takes place across Mexico on 2 November every year. It’s not the scary, dark festival that our Hallowe’en is, but a bright, celebratory festival, remembering and honouring the dead. Dia de los Muertos, as it’s known in Mexico, takes place on All Soul’s Day, 2 November each […]
The concept of Death has existed in myth for at least 7,000 years. Read more about traditions and symbolism.
NDE is shorthand for Near Death Experiences. And if something has an acronym, it generally means its common enough to need one.
Rites of passage are common to every culture. It’s a term used for the ceremonies and rituals we use to mark and celebrate stages in life: from starting and leaving school, loosing teeth to fairies and learning to drive to other markers of independence and coming-of-age: 18th and 21st birthdays, leaving home.
Spirituality is, in essence, what gives our lives meaning. There’s often a bit of confusion about the term – it gets confused with ‘spiritualism’ and is often used interchangeably with ‘religion’.