Three things yesterday – a conversation, an interaction and a presentation – yesterday made me wonder why we don’t talk more about death workers.
At the Everyday Compassion conference in Glasgow yesterday, Kerrie Noonan from Australia’s Groundswell Project sought me out to tell me she’s a fan of Fling. We chatted about what we both do… rogue death champions, working outside the system (mostly).
Kerrie said she prefers to use the term death workers for the likes of us and all the people she encounters in various end-of-life roles.
When is a good time for taking about death? We think any time at all. We advocate openness, tackling the taboo. We believe it’s good to talk to children about death and dying to make it a normal part of life, not something mysterious and scary. We think it’s good to check in from time with friends, family, partner on thoughts. This week we’ve invited Elaine Bramhall her thoughts the subject.
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.
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
3 in 4 of us die on a predictable trajectory. So that means for 1 in 4, it’s less clear when it’s coming. Leave nothing to chance. Plan plan plan.
Despite the fact that we all die, some people seem to have difficulty talking about death and dying. Final Fling encourages talking about death and dying. We hold Death Cafes, blog on life and death and chat in social about death and dying. A spirited pragmatic approach.