Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week (2-6 May), is a chance for us all to come together and open up the conversation around death and bereavement.

On Wednesday 4th May, Jamyang London Buddhist Centre, in collaboration with Marie Curie, and Dying Matters will offer a free event to encourage the conversation around death.

With the support of experts, such as Alan, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Palliative Care Specialist Social Worker, Caroline, End of Life Doula, and Diana Opio Palliative Nurse Specialist, we will talk about death and grief, and plan for the end of life.

Provisional Programme:

16:30 Doors open

17:00 “Tell us more about Palliative Care” Alan –  Guy’s & St Thomas’ Palliative Care Specialist Social Worker,  with Q&A

17:30 “Tell us more about End of Life Doulas”, Caroline – End of Life Doula, with Q&A

18:00  TEDx Talks Video of Dr Peter Fenwick  ‘The Art of Dying Well’ with Q&A

18:30 Free Soup Supper with Cakes

19:00 – 20:30 Death Cafe with Ven. Barbara and Diana Opio + The Life Cafe with Tom Robin and Sarah Denney, from Marie Curie. 

The Death Cafe

Our Ven. Barbara in the evening will facilitate the Death Cafe.

A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. The main objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre when he was working as Centre Manager. Read More


The LIfe Cafe

Tom and Sarah from Marie Curie at the same time will facilitate the Life Cafe.

“Life Cafés are gatherings where people do a series of creative activities together that are designed to stimulate conversations about, well, life: the meaning of it, the end of it, and care. The whole session typically lasts a couple of hours, and the activities are chosen by facilitators from a kit that’s about the size of a large board game.

The kit was developed through research funded by Marie Curie, and every aspect was informed by the input of real participants so it’s designed to resonate. Some of the activities are game-like, some are more serious, and facilitators choose exercises to respond to how groups are doing on the day. This means each session can be carefully tailored. Each part of the kit has been carefully crafted by professional designers to look warm, inviting and accessible.” Read More

Talking about death isn’t easy, but it matters. Come to the Extended Death Cafe’ as part of Dying Matters National Awareness Week

If you want to deepen more on the topic, don’t miss our next Science Day in collaboration with Science & Wisdom LIVE.

Death & Rebirth: A Day with Contemplatives and Scientists – 28 May 2022 on Zoom

“During this third Science Day, scientists will go into an open dialogue with contemplative practitioners to discuss death and the possibility of rebirth. They will touch upon the many taboos around death in our culture, share their knowledge about contemplative tools that might help us in facing death, and discuss the possibility of rebirth or the notion of reincarnation. ” Read More