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It’s May and that means Dying Matters Awareness Week is fast approaching.

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For the fifth year running, the Dying Matters Coalition, set up to promote the public’s awareness of dying, death and bereavement, will be running events across the UK from May 12th to the 18th.

This year’s theme is ‘You Only Die Once’. Its aim is to get people to take control over their end of life arrangements by encouraging people to start talking about and planning for death.  Events will help participants make an action plan by promoting will writing, planning for both funerals and end of life care as well as how to inform loved ones of your final wishes.

There are lots of events to get you talking about death in the Capital and you don’t have to wait for the 12th to get started.

Beginning on the 6th, DeadSocial will launch its Pop-Up Shop in support of Dying Matters Awareness Week. Following on from the success of last year’s Pop-Up Shop, DeadSocial will be hosting informative and fun events ranging from a death themed art exhibition to ask an undertaker, a Q & A session with a representative from Leverton & Sons, as well as creative workshops where you can make your own flower arrangements.

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The Pop-Up shop closes on the 10th of May. The Collective Pop-Up, 69 Camden High Street. NW1 7JL

12 May 2014

  • St. Joseph’s Hospice will host several events. Starting on May 12th there are two will writing workshops. The first, from 11am -1pm, will offer information and advice from Solicitor Emma Rowe on why having a will matters and advice on how to write one. The second, hosted by Down to Earth from 14:45-16:00, goes beyond pragmatic aspects will writing by showing participants how to use wills to pass on values, make apologies and send messages to loved ones after passing. Booking is essential for these events. Contact Charlotte Griffin, on 0208 525 3139 or email her at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney E8 4SA. 
  • Photo Credit: Josefine's Death Cafes at Cafe Rouge

    Interested in talking about death? 71% of us find it difficult to talk about death and dying but Death Café’s are set to change that. Not intended as a grief counselling session, they offer space to discuss all aspects of our mortality in a friendly group setting. The first Death Café of the week will be hosted by Josefine Speyer, a psychotherapist specializing in death education, at Café Rouge in Hampstead and mark the one-year anniversary of Josefine’s Death Café’s at Café Rouge. Come celebrate and join the discussion. 19:00-21:00, Café Rouge, 38-39 High Street Hampstead, London, NW3 1QE

13 May 2014

  • Kingston University Alumni Opportunity Fund will be hosting a Death Café at The Rose Theatre’s Culture Café. This is not your average Death Café, hosted by Dr Korina Giaxoglou a sociocultural linguist investigating traditional and digital practices of mourning, the afternoon looks to be interesting as there is no set agenda and will be participant led. Contact Dr Korina and let her know you’re coming so she can keep the kettle warm. 13:00-15:00 at the Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

14 May 2014

  • Got questions about dying and what happens next? Come to ‘You Only Die Once’: A Myth-busting evening on death and funerals with the experts. Trinity Hospice in Clapham will host the event that aims to remove the shroud from death and funerals. It will be an informal event with inspiring speakers; including Cathy Maylin, Senior Palliative Care expert, and Poppy Mardall, funeral director. No question will go unanswered and honesty, as always, is the policy! 18:30-20:30 Drinks reception and discussion. Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0RN. RSVP by 2nd May for your free place:'sfuneral
  • The Islington Clinical Commissioning Group will hold an all day event at Islington Assembly Hall. The event will have information stalls set up as well as free tasters sessions of complimentary therapies, lunch and more. There will also be advice on how to write a will and setting up end of life care. For more information contact: Rachael Yearwood on 0208 525 3140.
  • Ever wanted to know what happens at a Hospice facility? Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice are opening their doors so you can learn more about what they offer, the facilities and volunteer opportunities. 17:30-19:30,  185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood SE2 0GB

15 May 2014         

  • Isabel Hospice is hosting an event to be held in the café of the Van Hages Garden Centre. There will be complementary therapy taster and speakers who will walk you through what it takes to plan a funeral, write a will and probate. 15:00-19:00, Van Hages Garden Centre Van Hages Garden Centre,  Amwell Hill, Ware, SG12 9RP

16 May 2014

  • The Conscious Ageing Trust will host Men beyond 50 ‘The more we diealog the more we live’. The event is intended to open a ‘diealog’ in order to face the inevitable path we all walk. Men of all ages are welcome to join this light-hearted discussion. The Pirate Castle Oval Road Gilbey’s Wharf, London, NW1 7EA

There are more events taking place across the country. If you want to host your own Dying Matters event visit for where you can publicise your event, get support and more information about this year’s theme.