2 Catherine Wheels and a Packet of Sparklers

The Festival is thrilled that on November 5th comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, joined by friends Andy Hamilton (Radio 4, The News Quiz, etc., ) and neuroscientist and Professor of Laughter Sophie Scott, will be presenting “Laughing in the Face of Death”. See elsewhere on this website for full details. In the meantime here’s a few … More 2 Catherine Wheels and a Packet of Sparklers

Reclaiming Death: The Home Funeral Alternative

Family funeral guide and educator Jerrigrace Lyons is a pioneer of the home funeral movement. Based in California, She is founder and director of Final Passages, a non-profit educational institute of conscious dying, home funeral and green burial education, and a founding member of the National Home Funeral Alliance. She writes:   Death is the last … More Reclaiming Death: The Home Funeral Alternative

Telling our stories

I have been to a few Death Cafes, but this week was my first try at hosting one.  Fortunately I had some very supportive helpers who could be relied on to cope with anything that turned up.  In the event I needn’t have worried – my anxiety that no-one might come was ill-founded, and around … More Telling our stories

The honesty of anger

Grief and anger can have a raw honesty about them, especially in bereavement. The following speaks for itself, reminding us that there can sometimes be no “right thing” to say to someone suffering a shattering loss. No one else’s reactions and emotions are the same as ours. In some ways it is impossible ever truly … More The honesty of anger