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Death Awareness Week

Events Listings

These are the events that took place as part of Death Awareness Week 2017. If you're hoping to plan an event for this year's Good Death Week you can also take a look at our resources page.

It Takes a Village

An exhibition by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Colin Gray.

There is an old African proverb – ‘It takes a village to raise a child – meaning, children need the input and support of their whole community to grow into well-rounded adults. But doesn’t it also ‘take a village’ to support someone who is dying?

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with award-winning Glasgow based artist photographer, Colin Gray, to produce this powerful and challenging series of portraits and personal stories. It Takes a Village explores the idea that as people’s health deteriorates, care and support comes in many guises.

The exhibition is being shown at the following venues:

8-16 May 2017. Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk, FK1 5AU

8-14 May, Marie Curie Hospice, 45 Frogston Road West, Edinburgh (in the foyer)

Grief Ceremony

Hosted by Ilona Kastner:

The Grief Ceremony is a safe ritual space where we meet collectively to be held and witnessed in our grief.

Grief is a human response to loss. This can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or a job. It can be about broken relationships, unlived dreams, or the many sorrows of the world we are living in.

When grief is not welcomed and expressed it will burden our steps and inhibit our capacity to fully live our lives. Learning how to welcome grief in its many forms and to express it mindfully can free the soul and take us deeper into our joy and love for life.

Communal grief tending is a way to deepen the sense of acceptance for oneself and the other, to cultivate an embodied knowing of “I am not alone”. We will work with movement, mindfulness practices, and circle sharing.

7th May, The Salisbury Centre (Studio), 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AB

Contribution £25, places are limited, to book your place please contact: Ilona Kästner, tel: 07519 217736

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