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Good Death Week Events

These are the events organised so far as part of Good Death Week 2018, 14 - 20 May. It's not too late to plan your own. Take a look at our resources page here or draw inspiration from events from previous years. Then let us know what you're doing so we can add you to this list!

It Takes A Village Exhibition

14 - 18 May 2018
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

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.

Before I Go: Bringing Death to Life

Before I Go

16 May 2018, 10.30am - 12pm
Tolbooth, High Street, Forres

Have you ever thought or asked the question: “What would a good death be for me?”

In Forres to celebrate Good Death Week, a number of experts are joining forces to bring the discussion of death to life.

The event will be hosted by Jane Duncan Rogers, who will tell her heart-breaking and uplifting story of how she founded the social enterprise Before I Go Solutions following her husband’s tragic death.

Jane will be joined by a Marie Curie nurse who will share their experiences of looking after a terminally ill patient and supporting the whole family and why their support through that final journey is of the utmost importance.

Meanwhile Kate Clark from charity Pushing Up The Daisies will talk about how people have the choice to care for their deceased loved one’s body at home.

Finally, Forres funeral director Callum Ross will reveal all about why talking about death as a family can enhance the funeral experience and how inheriting the family business at just 21 years old shaped his views on death.

With an interactive quiz, funny and thought-provoking tales, and free refreshments, these three experts really will bring the subject of death to life and will be sure to leave you inspired and informed.

'A Good Death’ Poetry Café

16 May 2018, 11am - 1pm
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Scottish Poetry Library
In partnership with The Scottish Poetry Library, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief will be creating a space at the Library in which people can discuss what we mean by a ‘Good Death’ and how we may plan for one.

The event will also look at how poetry can support and help us in our preparations, providing solace, comfort and a way to remember and be remembered.

An informal café style event in which folk can gather to discuss what a good death means to them, with poetry readings, and a chance to share poems around the ideas of a good death.

Tea and cake provided. Free event. Booking essential.

Book via Eventbrite

Contact the Scottish Poetry Library for further details.

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