Dying Matters


Each afternoon next week a different great speaker will come into the Dying Matters Pop Up coffee shop to pass on their words of wisdom. There will also be two evening events in the space during the course of the week (13th-19th May). Each morning a number of short films by Dying Matters will be played. Tea & coffee served all day :)


  • Nim Njuguna, 'Reflecting on life before death' Monday 13th May  (1pm-4.30pm)

Nim Njuguna PhD, is a practicing Quaker in fellowship with Pinner Baptist Church as a visiting preacher. He is a former chaplain of The Church of the Holy Carpenter in East London and associate chaplain at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He has worked in Vienna with religious refugees, in Khartoum with Sudan Council of Churches, in Somaliland with community groups and in Scotland as mental health counselor. He teaches Film Appreciation at the Mary Ward Centre and runs courses at Camden MIND on topics such as; forgiving myself and others, self –compassion etc. and he is a visiting tutor at Hackney Community College in East London. Nim takes students and young people to his native country of Kenya to work among peasant farmers through a charity he set up. (

  • (NEW) Susan Morris, "caring for someone who is dying" - Drop in Surgery to meet a local palliative care nurse' Tuesday 14th May 10am-1pm

Susan Morris is a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Camden Palliative Care Team and cares for people with an advanced illness or who are dying.

The Palliative Care Team’s aim is to enable patients and families to live life as fully as possible, focussing on what is important to them. “We are here to support patients and their family, friends and carers at what can be a distressing time. We aim to support their emotional, practical and spiritual needs and enable them to die in comfort, with dignity and the surroundings of their choice.”

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Camden Provider Services Camden, Islington ELiPSe and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Service


  •  Leverton & Sons, ‘Ask the funeral director' Tuesday 14th May (1pm-6pm)

Richard Putt and Lori MacKellar will be on hand on Tuesday afternoon to answer any questions that you may have regarding funerals and how to serve those who are approaching the end their life.

Leverton & Sons have been an Independent Funeral Directors since 1789. They aim to be highly flexible as funeral directors and to be led entirely by the wishes of their clients.  They serve all creeds and cultures and increasingly encounter people with highly personal and creative ways of coping with death.  As a family and throughout the company they continue to be educated and inspired by the life stories of those who have died and the personalities of those who instruct them.

Levertons are members of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors; National Selected Morticians; Selected Independent Funeral Directors; the Association of Green Funeral Directors.  Recommended by the Natural Death Centre and The Good Funeral Guide.

  • DeadSocial's 'Dying Matters Awareness Week Popup coffee shop' & UK launch party Tuesday 14th May (7pm+)

An evening of music and discussion on the second day of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013. This will also serve as the DeadSocial UK Launch Party Tickets for this one event need to be reserved in advanced. They are of course free but require reserving by registering here

  • Lawrence Darani “What is it about Death specifically that frightens us?” Wednesday, 15th May (1pm-5.30pm)

The areas addressed by Lawrence will include:

  • - How do we want to live on? How can the 'awareness' of Death enrich us?
  • - How do we support others through Death?
  • - Approaching our own death through Rippling & Modeling
  • - Exploring new ways of 'living on' after Death?

Lawrence used to teach counselling at Barking College and is a fully qualified Adult Education Teacher. Lawrence recently worked as a Community Worker and last year ran this course for professionals and members of the public in Barking & Dagenham. Lawrence has also ran a series of Philosophy workshops with older people on Community Philosophy .

  • Death Café with Jon Underwood Wednesday, 15th May (7pm+)  

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective of Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

There is no agenda, with discussion led by the group. This creates a relaxed atmosphere where people are free to say whatever they want to. The quality of the dialogue is frequently exceptional. Death Cafes are discussions about death that adhere to the following principles:

- On a not for profit basis: this event is free!

- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space, free of discrimination, where people can express their views safely

- With no intention of leading participants towards any particular conclusion, product or course of action

- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake

More information about the Death Cafe movement can be found at

  • Dr. Patrick McDaid Thursday,  "Addressing Death" Thursday 16th May (2pm-5.30pm)

Dr. Patrick McDaid (MBChB Dip.PallMed MRCGP)  is a practicing Palliative and End of Life Doctor in Hampsted. He is also the Macmillan Palliative Care GP Facilitator for Camden and Islington. Dr. Patrick McDaid will be giving a presentation and answering all questions that are evoked during the presentation.

Dr. Patrick McDaid's role in Camden and Islington over the last several years have included the following

- Establishing a Palliative Care Drug Box, out of hours service supplemented by Palliative Care for Adults-Guidance for Primary Care produced in liaison with a local palliative Care consultant.  The idea is that people is that people do not have to go to hospital to have their symptoms controlled if they are dying.

- Developing the  attached quick guide, focusing on a common sense approach to identifying those patients who might be in their last year of life or benefit form being on a “Palliative and supportive care register” at their GP surgery.

- Drawing on working experiences produced the Tips for GPs for Advance Care Planning which was subsequently posted on the National end of life Care for Adults Website and referenced as an example of good practice in the Find your 1% GP Pack. The latter is a national campaign by Dying matters to support GPs to find (before they die) the 1% of their patients who die each year.

- Supporting a peer educator project run by gentle dusk training volunteers as advocates around End of Life issues. They have just started linking these with a small amount of GP surgeries across North Central London (Barnet, Enfield Camden Islington and Haringey) so they can support patients in thinking thourgh and documenting their wishes for their  End of Life Care.

- Working with CMC (Co-ordinate my Care). This is an electronic register that is being rolled out across London for the storage of their End of Life Care plans, so that details are immediately to hand for whoever might need them be it ambulance services, out of hours GP etc

- Networking with like minded colleagues. In particular during the course of this year visiting most of the GP practices in Camden and Islington to discuss with them their approach to people who have died/might be in their last year of life

  •  Emily Engel “Living Wills (Advance Decision)” Friday 17th May (1pm-5.30pm)

Emily will be running a workshop on Living Wills.  Living will’s allow you to indicate that you wish to refuse certain types of medical treatment, should you be unable to make or communicate a decision about your treatment in the future. This  workshop will also include funeral planning.

Emily is a retired social worker who also worked for ten years with families affected by terminal illness. This often required Emily to help assist parents plan for their children's future care as well as for their own needs. She is now very interested in the problem of funeral debt (funeral poverty) and has  been carrying out  research with Citizens Advice Bureau, with a view to developing policies to address this growing problem.

Emily’s workshops will last for two hours and will run one starting at 1pm and another at 3pm 

Camden Collective


The 'Dying Matters Pop up Coffee Shop' is located at: The Collective Pop Up, 69 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JL. It runs from  (13th-19th May 2013)


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