So sad to hear of the death of Jon Underwood who started the ball rolling for Death Cafe movement in the UK.
Final Fling and Friend of Fling, Andrew Tibbles (in red scarf!), have been invited by arts curators Mischief La Bas to host a Death Cafe on Sunday 30 October as part of their death festival from 28-30 October (to chime with that special time that is Hallowe’en, All Saints Day, Day of the Dead at Summerhall (popular Fringe/Festival venue) […]
This week, we share a tribute to Ian Smith, the focus of this month’s Festival of Ian Smith at Summerhall artspace in Edinburgh. Ian co-founded Mischief La Bas.
6 years ago, Friend of Fling Barbara Millar, now an award-winning funeral celebrant, wrote a review of the work of Ian Smith at the launch of The Briggait, the stunning artspace at the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, where Mischief is still based.
Barbara kindly shares her article as a tribute to Ian Smith.
This week, Sue Friston, Final Flinger, shares her experience of using Final Fling, one year on.
I thought it would be useful to share with others to make 3 key points:
– you don’t have to do everything at once
– one action is better than none
– keep it up… one step leads to another.
Final Fling is holding a BIG Conversation event: two workshops and two drop-in advice sessions, to celebrate Dying Matters Awareness Week. JOIN US! The Big Conversation is the theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016. The point is to encourage people to talk, think and plan with end of life in mind. We’re doing our bit. […]
Been to a Death Cafe yet? They’re happening all over the UK – indeed all over the world – in different shapes and forms. This week, Friend of Final Fling, Chris Dudzinska, shares how her death cafe type event in York went recently.
There’s a cunning plan afoot to set up Death Cafe London – a permanent home for all things death, chat, support, cake. Death Cafes emerged some years ago now… first inspired by Bernard Crettaz, Jon Underwood picked the idea up in the UK and it has spread like wildfire.
We need to talk about death. And if the largest circulation and most conservative daily newspaper – The Telegraph – is talking about it, we think this is a good day.
Anyone for tea and sympathy? The Observer asks the question and highlights the work of Death Cafes, Final Fling, the rise of death doulas and the Ideal Death Show – all working to embrace death and dying – the last taboo.
What do you do at a Death Cafe? That’s often the first question folk ask when they hear about Death Cafes. See our natty ’10 Facts About a Death Cafe’ graphic that tells you in simple terms what you do at a Death Cafe.
Final Fling is running a Death Cafe in Glasgow for Dying Matters Awareness Week.
This time we’re working with Douglas Hall, a bereavement counsellor, to explore emotions associated with death and dying.
Our Death Cafe for Dying Matters Awareness Week on 23 May 2015 is sold out… as reported (ish) in The Sun by Christine Lavelle.
Friend of Final Fling, Jimmy Stewart, is interested in achieving a good death. He became interested in knowing more about the rules and options around end of life after watching his mum die. He’s one of a growing band of us actively interested in managing our options.
Dying Matters has published findings of a survey about attitudes to bereavement. It’ll come as no surprise to find we’re not great at dealing with death.
In another attempt to tackle death as a taboo, Final Fling is hosting a Death Café of Remembrance on Saturday 1 November at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art from 2.30-4.30pm. It’s one of many events marking To Absent Friends week – a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance coordinated by Good Life Good Death Good Grief. Limited places…
THE Kicking the Bucket Festival takes place in Oxford for three weeks between October 22-November 13 and aims to puts the subjects of death and life in the spotlight.
Home funerals are making a comeback as the best way of saying goodbye. A home funeral is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the pomp and circumstance of Victorian funerals.
We can all make assumptions about death – even professionals who are working with death day in, day out. I came across a blog by Lizzy Miles, a hospice social worker in Ohio and thought it worth sharing 7 key points to help us improve our understanding of death.
A Diealog Death Cafe for Dying Matters Awareness Week.
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