Death is making a comeback. It fell out of fashion after the Victorians, but right now it’s a big hot potato. Why? Because we’ve lost our tenuous grip on it.

Over-medicalised and cloistered in institutions, death now happens behind closed doors. What limited contact we have with death is often confined to funerals, shrouded in peculiar language and baseless ritual.

Let’s be real. Talking freely about death gives us the strength to accept it when it comes. The big irony is that facing death can be one of the most life-affirming things you can do.

So please join us for a day of talks, workshops and shared conversations around the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying. Everyone’s welcome.

  • Saturday 11th May from 10am to 4.30pm.
  • At Skanda Vale Hospice, Saron, Llandysul, SA44 5DY.
  • No charge but donations are welcome.

The programme

  • 10.00 – Tea, coffee & welcome.
  • 10:20 to 11:05: Cath Thompson, palliative care nurse, talks about advance care planning, with Mathew Bowen from Red Kite Solicitors answering questions on power of attorney and writing a will.
  • 11.05 – Break.
  • 11:20 to 11:50 – Kiera Jones, palliative care nurse and soul midwife, talks about the Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.
  • 11.50 to 12.05 – Break
  • 12.05 to 12.50 – Swami Suryananda from Skanda Vale Temple discusses spiritual de-cluttering.
  • 13.00 to 14:00 – Lunch – soup & bread. (Gluten-free versions available).
  • 14.00 to 14.45 – Choice of two workshops, either: Kate Pawsey creative writing ‘How would you like to be remembered’ or Kiera Jones Soundbath.
  • 14.45 to 15.15 – Break.
  • 15.15 to 16.00 – ‘How would you like to be remembered’ creative writing workshop or mantra meditation with Swami Suryananda.


If you’d like to come please get in touch using the form below, saying how many people you want to bring so we know how much soup to make. Thanks!

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