Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 (13th-19th May) DeadSocial will be running and overseeing a series of events from a shop located in the heart of Camden, London. The ‘Collective Popup shop’ will be converted for Dying Matters Awareness Week and focus on helping the general public visiting to 'be ready' for death.

The newly renovated space will be transformed into an area for discussion and host a number of different workshops, talks and discussions each day. Speakers from different professions and walks of life are all invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Free Video WillFree Video Wills

A private sectioned off area will be provided for the general public can have a professional video of themselves recorded for free. The videos created will be edited and sent to each person the following week. The content of each video is up to each individual however it is hoped that the videos created will be used as part of their last will and testament or be a video message to be watched at their funeral.

  • "Before I die I want to..."

We will ask visitors to directly write onto the “before I die I want to…” wall. It is hoped that this will help channel realistic dreams and ambitions. It will be interesting to see how this collaborative project evolves over the course of the week.

  • Call for speakers, industry leaders, experts and volunteers

An open request for experts, healthcare professionals, educators, business owners, religious leaders, charities, creatives and volunteers has now begun. DeadSocial encourage anyone who is interested in being involved during the course of the week to get in touch. We are happy for the shop to be "taken over" for a morning, afternoon or evening by different organisations who can set their own agenda. The first organisation announced to 'take over' the space will be the 'Death Cafe'. Death Cafe are a global not for profit movement that breaks the taboo of death by making it and all death encompasses the subject matter of their events (whilst eating cake).

Our call for Speakers include the following:

  • 'A Will Writing Workshop' - by a Solicitor(s)
  • 'Preparing for Death NOW' - by a Funeral Director(s)
  • 'Death and Faith' - Different Faith leaders
  • 'Alternative End of Life Care & Funeral Pre-Planning' (Various Organisations)
  • 'Approaching End of Life' (UK Charities and/or Support Groups)
  • 'Death, Poetry and Art' (Artists & Creatives)
  • 'Attitudes towards Death & Society' (Sociologists and/or Psychologists)

If you are interested in submitting an idea or being involved in one of the discussions / workshops outlined above This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please briefly outline your proposed involvement and what you would like to do or speak about (if known)

Literature will be available and short films by NCPC and Dying Matters members will be projected during the week. Members of the NCPC & Dying Matters team will also be found drinking tea and coffee in the popup coffee shop (when they get time) over the course of the week. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served to all.

About Dying Matters

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013

In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

The Coalition’s Mission is “to support changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement, and through this to make ‘living and dying well’ the norm".

 Members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors;  a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.


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