In partnership with Poppy's Funerals, join us at Trinity on Tuesday 14 May 6.30pm-8pm for an uplifting conversation about how the experience of death can enable us to live a richer life with more meaning and fewer regrets.

Hear from a panel of guests who will share what they have learned about living fully from working in close proximity to those who are dying and those who have died. The panel will be facilitated by Michael Savage, Trinity's Spiritual Care Lead and will include Isabel Potter, Head of Operations at Poppy's Funerals and Isatta Sisay, Deputy Head of Community Services at Trinity. Additional panellists will be announced in due course. 

Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with panellists, and will be encouraged to share their own experiences. 

This event is free, but please book below to reserve your place, as our Dying Matters Week events are always oversubscribed. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, please contact Helena Vine by email or on 020 7787 1010.

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The panellists

Michael Savage - Facilitator

Michael came to work at Trinity over 7 years ago, having never stepped foot in a hospice before.  This brought him a whole new perspective about death, and life, and how these two realities are always so closely linked.  But having crossed that threshold that first day, he has come to see that attention to simplicity and detail is paramount – quality, not quantity, is the key. 

Before coming to Trinity, Michael had worked in various other countries including Israel, Italy and Switzerland, teaching in various institutions, and working with different groups of people – schoolchildren, the homeless, people with mental health issues and migrants.  Having recently trained as a mindfulness teacher, Michael has introduced this into the hospice setting.

Isabel Potter

Isabel Potter's life changed quite dramatically when she read about Poppy in Stylist Magazine during her morning commute. She had been looking for a radical career change and was absolutely bowled over by Poppy and everything that Poppy's Funerals stood for. After some months of volunteering and some serious adventures, she joined the organisation as its first full-time employee on 1 November 2013 (the Day of the Dead, appropriately enough).

Her professional life before funeral directing was an enjoyable decade or so of arts and charity marketing. Working for some of the country's leading arts organisations including the V&A and Royal Academy of Arts was a joy and a privilege but it pales in comparison to helping to revolutionise an industry so desperately in need of reform and working with inspiring families across Greater London and beyond.

Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (RN, PhD) is Professor of Intellectual Disability & Palliative Care at Kingston University & St George’s University of London. She has close collaborative links with Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She has extensive clinical experience in both intellectual disability and palliative care services.

Since 2001, Irene has led a programme of research focusing on intellectual disability, cancer and palliative care, completing a PhD in 2007. She has published widely and presented her work in the UK and across the world, and is recognised as the leading international expert in the area of palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities. Inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities as study participants and as salaried co-researchers is a key part of her work.

Irene is an active trustee of the UK based (but international) Palliative Care of People with Learning Disabilities Network. She is chair of the Reference Group for Intellectual Disabilities of the European Association of Palliative Care.

Isatta Sisay

Isatta Sisay is a graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Westminster, holds a degree in Adult Nursing from the University of Southampton and has studied at post-graduate level in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She holds further qualifications in Cancer Care, Teaching and Learning for Healthcare Professionals and a CMI approved Leadership and Management course. 

After working as an Oncology Nurse for many years at the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, Isatta moved to Trinity to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care and serve as the Deputy Head of Community Services. 

Outside her profession, she is an intelligent and honest friend and wife, a biological mother of two but a mother to many. She is a counsellor, and a health and wellbeing advocate and ambassador who tackles and champions health issues in communities both locally and nationwide. She has participated in homelessness awareness campaigns, spending a night on the streets with work colleagues to get the real feeling of homelessness and to come up with ways to alleviate the issue. Isatta also hosts her own health show on Facebook via the Diaspora Voices Network.

An all-round health professional and counsellor in the community, Isatta is tireless and driven in her quest to be her best in terms of health and cancer related issues and is a great champion for community unity and advancement. 

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