The tenth pop-up death café on Mystic Moon took place in sight of two magnificent tall ships currently being refurbished in Gloucester docks. Similar to all the previous pop-up death cafes, we spoke about a variety of topics. So this is an overview of what we talked about. Our café started with one of the … More Gloucester pop-up death café: Fear of dying, how you live is how you die, and the need for clear language by doctors
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?
Berkhamsted pop-up wasn’t so much a conversation about end of life issues, but more of a brainstorming between local GP Dr Jo Withers and her business partner, Sue Raynsford from Finity, Gita Kadirgama, Jo’s practice nurse, Mirelle Hayden (she also came to the King’s Cross pop-up death café) who manages Future Matters and Gentle Dusk, … More Berkhamsted pop-up death café: Visions for the future of end of life care
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
Sitting on Mystic Moon in Limehouse Basin on a gloriously sunny evening, pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming, and giving thanks to everyone who helped me get here. It’s been quite a trip getting up the Kennet and Avon, entering the Thames, and then making the awesome voyage down the tidal Thames … More A Marathon Journey and a whole load of friends to help along the way.
Dooey, my cat, and I now officially live aboard Mystic Moon in Bradford on Avon Marina. Her living quarters are delightfully welcoming, warm, and cosy. In fact, as you can plug straight into mains electricity and water, it’s similar to living on land, except, of course, it’s much smaller, and you have to find somewhere … More Moving aboard Mystic Moon