Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 #YODO

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK.

Final Fling and others will be marking the week with a Death Cafe… the growing movement to encourage open conversations about life, death, loss, grief… all the things that have been a bit of a taboo for way too long. If you have an interest in your own life and your eventual end of life, get involved! Look out for Twitter chats every day from 1-2pm on various subjects

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Dying to Live workshop, Dorset November 2014

Dying to Live workshops offer TIME and PEACE FOR YOU to contemplate life and death in the most positive way. They’ve been happening twice a year in Cornwall and Dorset for the last 15 years, thanks to the energy and skills of Archa Kate Robinson.

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Alive Inside: music and memory

Last week I watched an incredibly uplifting, moving and inspiring documentary called Alive Inside about the miraculous power of music in accessing memory and reinvigorating people lost to dementia or Alzheimers. I’m not over-exaggerating when I use the word ‘miracle’. And it wasn’t that Biblical once-in-a-lifetime kind of miracle but a reliable, repeatable miracle that happens over and over again. If you do one thing this week, spare 6 minutes and 45 whole seconds to watch this excerpt from the documentary.

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Memory Box

Do you have a Memory Box under the bed?

Great. Lovely for keeping locks of hair and old birthday cards and love letters.

There’s another way you might like to store digital treasures. Final Fling’s Memory Box.

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Music and death

Music and death go hand in hand for some of us. Salles des departs at Raymond Poincare hospital in the suburbs of Paris recognises the importance of bringing music and death together. This trauma hospital has created a sensitive morgue for families to visit.

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