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Demystifying Death Week 2023

Taking place across Scotland from 1-7 May, Demystifying Death Week is about shining a light on death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. We are encouraging people to get involved by holding in-person and online events that bring death, dying and bereavement into the limelight.

Below is a list of events registered so far - these pages will be updated over the coming weeks. If you are organising an event that you'd like us to feature, please get in touch.

Moray Coast Death Cafe

Organised by Moray Coast Death Cafe

Thursday 11th May, 4pm to 6pm.

Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS.

This event is open to the public.

Please join us for this very first Moray Coast Death Cafe next week in Elgin, Moray.

Come and share your stories about death, dying and the mystery of life over tea & cake in a warm and nurturing environment.

Attendance is free, with tea and cake provided.

Hosted by Katie Sharrock & Juanna Ladaga.

"Islets of Silence" at the Mitchell Library

Organised by TRAM Direct, Glasgow Libraries, Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland, and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

24th May 2023, 1:30pm for coffee and 2:00pm start.

Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN.

This event is open to the public.

TRAM Direct in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland, Glasgow Libraries, and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland invite you to the Mitchell Library for a discussion of "Islets of Silence", a play that packs a punch on cancer diagnosis and its effects on a family.

See filmed clips of the play, meet the actors, and understand the impact on the family.

Free entry through Eventbrite for tickets.

Launch of Talking Mats Funeral Planning Resource

Organised by Talking Mats.

Tuesday 30th May, 1:30pm-2:30pm, online

This event is open to the public.

Death, dying and funeral planning are difficult to talk about, often more so if you have a communication difficulty. Talking Mats will be launching the new resource ‘Funeral Planning’ with a seminar on the 30th of May. Our new resource developed from Big Lottery Awards for All funding aims to make the process easier and more inclusive.

Our speakers will describe the development of the resource, why they felt there was a need for it and share some stories about how it has been used.

Talking Mats is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to think about and communicate effectively about things that matter to them. Our innovative, award-winning communication tool is based on extensive research and was designed by Speech and Language Therapists.

Find out more about Talking Mats here, read more about the Funeral Planning resource here, and book your place at the seminar here.

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