The end of death (as we know it)

Creativity and Wellbeing Week
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Event details

Event date: 
16 June 2017
Event duration: 
90 mins
Type of event: 
Discussion / debate / seminar
All ages
Venue name: 
Menier Gallery
51 Southwark St


Ticket availability: 
Unlimited places - just turn up

About the event

Conversations about death are difficult. Culture can help to ease this difficulty and challenge popular perceptions of the process of dying. The Director of Life.Death.Whatever, Louise Winter, will share with us the most creative possibilities for funerals to celebrate a life lived. Louise (also known as ‘the Mary Poppins of death’) is a funeral celebrant and founder of Poetic Endings, an organisation that incorporates creativity into funerals.
The event will also feature a reading from Marion Coutts, author of The Iceberg, finalist of the National Books Critics Circle, USA; shortlisted for the Costa biography award; Samuel Johnson Prize; and longlisted for the Guardian First Book award. An esteemed visual artist with past fellowships at Tate Liverpool and Kettle’s Yard, the book is Coutt’s response to the diagnosis, illness and death of her husband, the art critic, Tom Lubbock.  In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts uses words as a weapon against loss. “...stunningly fierce, wise, impossibly gorgeous” - New York Times

Following this, LAHF trustee Dr Laura-Jane Smith will lead a death cafe - accompanied with tea, coffee and cake – encouraging creative reflections on dealing with death, grief and what it means to die.


London Arts in Health Forum


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