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Extended Death Cafe featuring Life Cafe

May 4 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm


About the Event

  • In-person only.
  • Free event.  Free Soup Supper, tea/coffee, and cake will be provided.
  • Donations are welcome.

A collaboration between Jamyang London Buddhist Centre, Marie Curie,  and Dying Matters.

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

Dying Matters Awareness Week, is our chance to open up the conversation around death, dying, and grief, remove the stigma that surrounds it and call for meaningful change so that everyone gets the quality end-of-life care they deserve.


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 Supper

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


About the Organisers 

Dying Matters believes in an open culture that talks about death, and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved. The lack of openness in society has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish. We want to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise public openness around death, dying and bereavement. Discover more

Diana Opio, as a trained nurse has been working in palliative care for several decades, this has included 3 hospices as well as a hospital community palliative care team.  She has also helped set up and run palliative care academic programmes in East Africa. More recently she has become increasingly interested in aspects of spirituality at the end of life and has trained as a soul midwife and has run many death cafes.  She is currently a member of the board of Courthouse Community Centre at Jamyang.

Ven. Barbara Shannon is the FPMT UK Coordinator and she facilitates the Death cafe at Jamayng London. In recognition of her important work, she was awarded by the Faiths Forum 2019 as an Inspirational Individual.

The Life Cafe hosted by Marie Curie – Marie Curie. Registered Charity, England and Wales (207994), Scotland (SC038731) 

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 objectives of the session will be to:

  • To facilitate conversations about life: the meaning of it, the end of it, and care
  • To help people explore what’s important to them in life and in a care capacity

The Life Kit Toolbox is for anyone who needs to make effective decisions within a care environment, facilitate or guide effective decision-making processes, or manage or coordinate group work in development that requires the knowledge of multiple persons to succeed. You are welcome to attend this taster session! Discover more


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Booking is suggested, but not mandatory. Feel free to just turn up!


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May 4
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Courthouse Community Centre
41 Renfrew Road
London, SE11 4NA United Kingdom
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