So this week I’ve been contacted by a TV production company who are researching whether there’s programme potential in the subject of match-making for a terminal partner.
How on earth does anyone survive the loss of a child?
The feature film A Love That Never Dies, on release at selected independent cinemas this month, shares how some parents have coped.
For the last week, I’ve been reflecting on a question Professor Allan Kellehear raised about how long grief lasts. He posed this question during his keynote speech on Creating Compassionate Cities at the Everyday Compassion conference in Glasgow. He answered his own question. “Grief doesn’t last 6 weeks or 6 years. It lasts forever.”
This week John Birrell shares news of an important event in November that will focus on society and grief.
Last week Jackie Kay, our wonderful Scots Makar – Scotland’s poet laureate – was one of the guest editors on Woman’s Hour and chose as one of her many fascinating topics, ‘complicated grief’.
There’s no hierarchy in pain when it comes to death, but there’s no denying, losing a child as a baby is a new parent’s nightmare. This week, Matt Cunninham shares his experience of losing his daughter Molly.
Death workshops give you the opportunity to explore aspects of yourself that often don’t get a voice or space.
This week, Phil Goss, from Cumbria shares his experience of a Death Workshop. This might help you if you’re thinking about attending one.
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.
Films on death and grief We have started a list of recommended films. Please do contact us if you have suggestions to add. Beyond Goodbye Remembering Josh: a 45 minute film that records Josh’s life as it was remembered at his funeral, with many wonderful musical contributions, stories and anecdotes. Beyond Goodbye: a shorter version of […]
An experiential one-day workshop for counsellors and professionals in palliative care working at the deep end of death and dying, exploring what happens to us when we work with the grief and pain of others and finding new ways to attend to ourselves while tending others.. with Hermione Elliott and Brian Graham Fee £65 Early […]
Notices and tributes is part of the Life Planning Tools on Final Fling. It acknowledges that in this age of social media, people sometimes want to express grief and celebrate a life together in an online community.
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.
There are masses of great books on death and grief to support you coping with mortality, illness, dying, death and loss and funeral planning. Here are some of our recommended reading suggestions.
“It is dying that finishes us, that ends our story. So we should live the fleeting day with passion and, when the night comes, depart from it with grace.” Richard Holloway from his book, Looking in the Distance We learn separation and loss from infancy and may encounter it in many forms during life. It doesn’t […]
Nicky Whichelow of GreenAcres Woodland Burials shares some tips to help with grief and loss. “We meet families and friends every day who are coming to terms with loss. With that in mind, we thought we would give you an insight into what families that we have spoken to, valued most highly during their bereavement. And to make it a bit easier to understand, we have turned this into a list of tips.