Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May 2018 is Dying Matters Awareness Week, a campaign taking place across the country to encourage people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

This year, we’re inviting people to visit our hospice and take part in some fascinating activities and conversations to change their outlook on death and dying.

Curious about what goes on at a hospice?

Take this opportunity to discover more at Birmingham St Mary’s.

Our open day takes place on Friday 18 May, is open to everyone and will include activities such as meditation, creative art sessions, and exercise – all of which will inspire and provoke conversations about end of life. There is no need to book in advance; all you have to do is turn up!

Afternoon Programme

12.00

Welcome to the Hospice from Tina Swani, Chief Executive

12.30

Introducing  the ‘Curiosity Board’ – post the questions about death and dying that you’ve always wanted to ask

Gentle exercise with Paul

13.00-13.30 Mindfulness Session – discover how to focus  on the present moment and calm the mind
13.30-14.00 Garden and Conservatory Tour
14.00

What is dying really like and what support is out there? Talk from the Hospice at Home nurses and End of Life Doulas

Making Time arts session with artist in residence Carolyn Morton
15.00 Death Café  - discuss death and dying with others over tea and cake
15.00

Funerals – What are your options? A talk by Fran and Carrie from A Natural Undertaking

15.30 Answering your questions from the Curiosity Board
16.00

Children’s Crafts Session

Supporting Parents with Discussing Death, Dying and Loss – a talk by  Child Bereavement Counsellors
17.30 Final Q&As
18.00 End

A Matter of Life and Death Festival

For this campaign, the hospice is working alongside BrumYODO, a growing group of local artists, undertakers, hospice care professionals and more – who believe that talking openly about dying will support more people to experience a “good death”.

Our open day forms part of their ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ festival – an eclectic two-week programme of events, performances, exhibitions and workshops across Birmingham. Highlights include an interactive eat-along experience for the film Sleepy Hollow, a tour of the city like no other, and a (surprisingly) uplifting workshop about funerals.

To discover the full schedule, please click here.

We’ll also be raising awareness on Facebook and Twitter, so please share our posts to let others know what’s going on.