Final Fling hosts Scotland’s first Death Café to celebrate its first birthday and to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week
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Glad to be Alive :: Death Cafe will be held on Tue 14 May 6pm-7.30pm in Glasgow’s popular Southside venue, The Glad Cafe. That event is part of national Dying Matters Awareness Week, 13-19 May. “We’re told death is a taboo but I find that given space to talk, folk will grab it,” said Final Fling Founder, Barbara Chalmers. “A Death Cafe offers that ‘permission to talk’.” Glad to be Alive :: Death Cafe continues Final Fling’s efforts to normalise death and dying. Now one year old, Final Fling was named Best New Website in May 2012 following its launch and in September won the UK industry award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Understanding Death at the Good Funeral Awards. The site has had over 200,000 hits and has attracted interest from across the world. Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Café movement said: “It’s great to see Final Fling take this model north. I held the first Death Cafe in my home and since then have run them at the Royal Festival Hall, in a yard and in ordinary cafes. They allow people to think and talk about death and share their feelings and experience. The sessions so far tell us that there is an appetite for this.” “Glad to be Alive will appeal to ordinary folk who share an interest in exploring a subject that we are told is a taboo,” said Barbara. “It’s all about bringing life to death and death to life.”
- Final Fling website launched in April 2012.
- Since September 2011, 25 Death Cafes have been held in 6 countries.
- Glad to be Alive :: Death Cafe is part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, 13-19 May.
- The cafe is free to attend. Anyone interested should register with Final Fling.