Even a drab industrial mooring at Leamington Spa, on an equally drab wet afternoon, couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm and passion of the eight of us who gathered together on Mystic Moon to talk about life, death, and what really matters. The first theme to emerge was how difficult it can be to open up conversations … More Leamington Spa pop-up: Saying goodbye, saying I love you, and are death cafes a western indulgence?
This pop-up was co-hosted by psychotherapist Josefine Speyer, who runs monthly death cafes in Hampstead and Death Salons in her home. Common themes in the group were an understanding of mysticism, a belief or interest in different forms of reincarnation, and experiences of communicating with those who have died. During the introductions, one participant spoke … More Paddington Basin pop-up death café: Mysticism, Reincarnation, and communicating with the dead.
This pop-up was requested by four psychotherapists, three of whom were about to enter their final year of training. What a delightfully enthusiastic group. The trainees came with paper and pen, ready to take notes, but these were soon cast aside as they opened up to their own personal experiences of death and dying. We … More Conversations with Parents, Romanticised Eulogies, and Talking About Stillbirth
This pop-up was co-hosted by Julienne McLean, a psychologist and Jungian analyst and spiritual director, based in north London. Julienne works with clients who experience bereavement issues throughout life. Up until now, people who come to the pop-up death cafes have been personally interested in end of life care, or have family and friends who … More Summary of the King’s Cross pop-up death cafe
I was very heartened to read yesterday’s Daily Telegraph’s piece, Emergency staff to be told if you want to live or die. Backed by health minister Simon Burns, the Government is now keen for electronic records to be shared by paramedics and out-of-hours GPs, which will give seriously ill people the choice of whether they wish to … More At last, choice is on the way for those not wanting resuscitation
Last weekend I spent a delightful twenty-four hours with a group of Christian parapsychologists. Yes, those belonging to the Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies are more than open to the weird and wonderful, and even the downright scary and unexplainable. Thank goodness for that, because every few years they hold a conference to … More Deathbed visions and the paranormal
A recent survey commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition (set up by the National Council of Palliative Care to promote betters ways to talk about end of life issues) says that ‘death is still a taboo subject for Brits.’ Shockingly, it found that only 16% of us told relatives or next-of-kin where we would like to die, … More Why are we Brits so poor at talking about dying?