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The end of death (as we know it)
Fri 16 June 2017, 10:30 – 12:00 BST
Conversations about death are difficult. Culture can help to ease this difficulty and challenge popular perceptions of the process of dying. The Director of Life.Death.Whatever, Louise Winter, will share with us the most creative possibilities for funerals to celebrate a life lived. Louise (also known as ‘the Mary Poppins of death’) is a funeral celebrant and founder of Poetic Endings, an organisation that incorporates creativity into funerals.
The event will also feature a reading from Marion Coutts, author of The Iceberg, finalist of the National Books Critics Circle, USA; shortlisted for the Costa biography award; Samuel Johnson Prize; and longlisted for the Guardian First Book award. An esteemed visual artist with past fellowships at Tate Liverpool and Kettle’s Yard, the book is Coutt’s response to the diagnosis, illness and death of her husband, the art critic, Tom Lubbock. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts uses words as a weapon against loss. “...stunningly fierce, wise, impossibly gorgeous” - New York Times
Following this, LAHF trustee Dr Laura-Jane Smith will lead a death cafe - accompanied with tea, coffee and cake – encouraging creative reflections on dealing with death, grief and what it means to die.