good life, good death, good grief

Good Death Week Events

Events are taking place across Scotland for Good Death Week, 13 - 19 May. These are the ones we know about. If you know of others or you're organising something yourself, let us know and we can promote it.

Good Death Week is all about creating opportunities for people to think, talk and plan ahead for death, dying and bereavement.

Searching for Meaning in Forres

Thu 9 May 2019, 1.30pm
St Leonard's Church, Forres, IV36 1PB

Searching for Meaning is a new documentary by Director Jean-Francois Rodrigues.

The film was born out of the sad, recent death of his mother, Mary Elizabeth Rodrigues. Jean-Francois felt she did not receive proper care during the last week of her life, and recognised that his own lack of understanding of palliative care had a role to play in that.

This free public screening will be followed by a group discussion. Call 0300 102 0872 for a free ticket.

North Berwick Remembrance Lunch

Sat 11 May 2019, 12.30pm - 2pm
North Berwick Day Centre

Organised by North Berwick Health and Wellbeing Association and funded by North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership.

A chance to share memories of family and friends who have died. Free event but tickets required from North Berwick Community Centre or North Berwick Day Centre. (25 places available)

There will also be Creative Writing Workshops on a theme of Good Life, Good Death and Good Grief facilitated by the Scottish Poetry Library on 1 & 8 May, 10am - 12pm in the North Berwick Library and 30 May 11am - 1pm at the Scottish Poetry Library. If there is enough material a pamphlet of the writing will be produced. (12 places available)

For further information please contact

Guided Tours of Falkirk Crematorium

Sun 12 May & Sun 19 May 2019, 10am onwards
Falkirk Crematorium, FK2 7YJ

See behind the scenes at Falkirk Crematorium as a guest of Falkirk Council Bereavement Services.

Several local organisations will be in attendance to share information and answer questions on many aspects of death and dying.

  • NHS Bereavement Services including a Consultant in Palliative Care
  • Strathcarron Hospice
  • SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity)
  • Falkirk Council Registrar’s Office
  • Falkirk Council Advice And Support Hub
  • Central Scotland Regional Equality Council – Sunday 19th only
  • Caledonia Cremation (Scotland’s only not-for-profit funeral directors – Sunday 19th only)
  • End of Life Doula UK (EOLDUK)
  • Pushing Up The Daisies

Please note, you are welcome to drop in and chat to the stall holders (no booking required) but you will need an Eventbrite tickets for all the tours, talks and events. Tours lasting 45 minutes take place at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm each day.


You can also book tickets for these additional events on Sun 19 May.

11am - Death Cafe
1pm - Holding Space (a short film by Rebecca Kenyon)
2pm - Plan Your Own Funeral with Stephanie Hutchinson from Caledonia Cremation

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