Trinity has announced a programme of free events to mark Dying Matters week, the annual national awareness campaign which aims to open up the national conversation about dying, death and bereavement. 

For 2018, Trinity will be marking Dying Matters week with three interactive and celebratory events designed to provoke thought and conversation. These events will offer a variety of opportunities for the local community to get to know Trinity and engage in discussions around death, dying and bereavement.

Dallas Pounds, CEO at Trinity said: "Talking about death and dying is still regarded by many as taboo but the reality is, we’ll all be faced with it, and as our population lives longer, it becomes even more important to open up the conversation.

"In both practical and emotional terms, putting off difficult conversations about death and dying can cause problems and even greater anxiety and heartache later on as family members may be left to make important decisions without knowing their loved ones’ wishes.

"We have learnt from previous Dying Matters events that by providing a forum to talk safely and openly about death, dying and bereavement our community is empowered and encouraged to engage in these important conversations. We look forward to welcoming new and returning faces to Trinity with these events. We hope our guests will be inspired and will find ways to make talking about living and dying a little bit easier.”

Dying Matters week at Trinity will kick off on Monday 14th May with a special discussion hosted by Trinity’s Spiritual Lead Michael Savage and Alan Hughes, a teacher of mindfulness and meditation with the Mindfulness Association. The event, The Art of Kindness: An evening of teaching, reflection and guided mediation is free to attend and open to members of the local community as well as those already involved with Trinity.

Tuesday 15th May will see Trinity’s annual Death Café taking place, where we invite people to come together to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Death Cafés are a global movement aimed at giving participants the opportunity to face their fears in a safe and supportive environment. Our Death Café will be facilitated again by Kate Wells, an experienced social worker at Trinity. It is free to attend and guests from inside Trinity and the wider local community are welcome to join us to share ideas, experiences, hopes and fears for life's great inevitability.

Our Dying Matters events will come to a close on Wednesday 16th May with a celebration of stories. Over two months, patients and their families, people who are bereaved, volunteers and staff from Trinity have been taking part in a series of creative writing workshops. The workshops brought people together by sharing the joy that comes from expressing thoughts about life, and what it means to be at the end of life.

Through poetry, memoir and story, our patients, families, staff and volunteers will share their work with you, looking at this most important time of life in their creative writing showcase: Our Stories.

All of Trinity’s Dying Matters week events are free but places are limited and guests will only be able to take part if they have booked into the event. 

Click here to reserve your free space at any of our Dying Matters week events