good life, good death, good grief

life, death, grief get-together

The Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, Tuesday 19 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm

(Booking for this event has now closed. Programme available here: Programme)

A networking event to share ideas and inspiration on how we can make Scotland a place where people can be open about death, dying and bereavement.

The day will give delegates opportunities to connect and share experiences with a variety of people who are interested in openness about death, dying and bereavement. In addition to the formal programme, delegates will be able to meet our Purveyor of Wisdom, reflect in the Room of Reflection, and record for posterity their Dreams...

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The formal programme for the day will include:

"The modern need for more and better death talk"

Allan Kellehear, Professor of Community Health, Middlesex University

Allan Kellehear is a medical and public health sociologist with a long-standing interest in human behaviour and experiences at the end of life. He has published numerous works studying the way people die, the kinds of decisions they make, the kinds of experiences they encounter, and the kinds of cultural and historical influences on their conduct. He is a designer and advocate of public health approaches to end of life care that promote community agency, resilience, education, partnerships, and support for care of the dying, the bereaved, and their carers.

How can we help Scotland become more open about death? GLGDGG members share experiences:

Concurrent Workshops:

  • How do you communicate about something everyone wants to ignore?
  • The Final Stop: things to think about when planning a funeral
  • Good Grief - a creative writing workshop exploring love and loss
  • End of life wishes and the Liverpool Care Pathway
  • Developing skills in facilitating small group discussion on planning for a good death.

The Hearts& Minds Elderflowers

Hearts & Minds is a Scottish arts-in-health charity improving the experience of people in hospital and in hospice, residential and respite care by using the performing arts to encourage communication, interaction and laughter.

Hearts & Minds have two specialist programmes: The Clowndoctors, who work specifically with children, and The Elderflowers, who work with elderly people with dementia. The aim of the Elderflowers programme is to reach the person behind the illness and to address the complex issues of dementia, improving participant wellbeing, happiness, mobility and mental agility through a playful, compassionate approach.

Sharing our Stories

An exploration of the importance of being able to share our own stories and our memories of those who have died. Including reflections on the Mexican Day of the Dead and sharing ideas on how Scotland can create its own opportunities for meaningful storytelling and remembrance.

Ewan Kelly, Programme Director for Healthcare Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, NES

Ewan has spent time in hospitals as a junior doctor, and has several years of experience in parish ministry and hospital chaplaincy. His current role involves facilitating the education of all healthcare disciplines in spiritual care, as well as the strategic development of Scottish healthcare chaplaincy.

Margot Henderson, Storyteller

As a poet and storyteller Margot has worked with people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds in a wide range of settings, including schools, hospitals, day centres, homeless shelters, prisons and psychiatric units. She leads Creative Writing Workshops and Mindfulness Meditation at Maggie's Highlands and has also run a Life Stories project at the Highland Hospice. She is trained in Counselling and Integrative Arts Therapy. In her work Margot balances professional performances with engaging groups and individuals in their own creative process.

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Bereavement Charter for Scotland