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Dying Well takes planning. A great line up of speakers and creative artists who will help attendees ....... think, plan and communicate their end of life wishes.

A Festival of events not to be missed, suitable for all age groups of adults who wish to give this difficult subject some creative thinking in order to make plans that are unique to them.

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Dying Well Takes Planning - "What Can You Do?"

12th May

Venue: Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

"Creating Conversations... Creating Narratives about Dying Matters - culturally, artistically, digitally"

A day dedicated to exploring the creation of narratives related to dying, death and bereavement through conversations, music, drama, dance and photography - ALL events to be booked separately

A Public Conversation (10am - 1.15pm)

10.00 - 13.15 (1st Event)

Welcome Carol Trower. Creating Conversations Lead

Assistant Director Croydon Commissioning Group/Mapping out End of Life Care

Rev. Andrew Goodhead. Spiritual Lead St Christophers Hospice

As part of Croydon's "Creating Conversations" Dying Matters Week Festival, we will host 2 panels of invited guests to explore and encourage the creation of narratives related to dying, death and bereavement.

Chaired by Stacey Pitsillides, both panels will aim to stimulate discussion about differing approaches to dying matters and how we use creativity to tell our diverse narratives about death and experiences of end of life issues.

What shared stories can we tell in today's multicultural society?

What narratives do the dying wish to tell?

How do different cultures and communities deal with preparing for the end of life and talking about dying matters? How do spiritual and religious beliefs affect our funeral wishes?

Can particular burial rites and ceremonies influence our experience of grief and bereavement?

What role does a ‘soul midwife’ play as a companion to the dying?

What do we mean by "digital death" and "digital legacies"? How does technology affect our ability to grieve? What impact does social media have on traditional memorialisation practices?

How can we plan for "a good death"?

Confirmed guest speakers include:-

· Yasmin Gunaratnam BSc MSc PhD – Goldsmiths Lecturer/Author

· Debi Roberts – Celebrant

· Hasina Zaman – Co-founder of Compassionate Funerals

· Femi Hwesuhunu – Akotun (caretaker of the ancestors) / IT Consultant / ‘young’ widower

· Linda Magistris – founder of The Good Grief Trust

· Sandy Weatherburn – Digital Death guru and founder of Social Embers

· Henna Al Rashid - Palliative Care Worker and spoken word artist/poet

A Chance to join in the conversation, creating narratives that inform, educate and empower.

Stacey Pitsillides Biography

Stacey Pitsillides is a Lecturer in Design at the Creative Professions and Digital Arts Department, University of Greenwich. Her research considers how technology and design shift our understanding of death and bereavement. As part of this research she has curated events for public engagement that question legacy and aesthetics. These include Love After Death for Nesta's FutureFest and Material Legacies for the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. In addition to this she is on the standing committee for the Death Online Research Symposium and has been the co-facilitator of three unconference events discussing issues of death and digitality. Website: [@RestInPixels]

Speakers’ Biographies:-

Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths. Her books include ‘Death and the Migrant’ (2013, Bloomsbury Academic) and a jointly edited collection with David Oliviere on ‘Narrative and stories: illness, dying and bereavement’ (Oxford University Press, 2009). Yasmin is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified.

Sandy Weatherburn founded Social Embers, a Community Interest Company in 2014. The company is an award winning online bereavement resource, offering digital legacy advice, and digital bereavement support. Sandy is a digital death guru, who writes a popular blog on this subject.

Hasina Zaman is the CEO of Compassionate Funerals, founded in Sept 2012. Hasina’s focus is to lead funerals that are infused with compassionate care, making sure that bereaved families and friends are sensitively cared for and their loved one's contribution and characteristics are truly reflected throughout the funeral experience.

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