About this Death Cafe
With so many people facing death and end of life of loved ones, in these current times, many of our traditional coping mechanisms are denied us.
We cannot give comfort and support as we might wish, grieving and saying goodbye might have to be apart from those that we love and rely on for support.
How are people coping with this? what alternative ways can provide that level of support so needed by those loosing loved ones.
Converse, discuss and explore in a safe environment all areas of death and dying - bring a cup of tea and, be open and explore different ways of thinking about death.
About Patient Carer Community - Leeds Medical School
Death Café Facilitators Profiles
Jools Symons – Patient and Public Involvement Manager at the Medical School.
My first experience of death was when my partner died at the tender age of 36 and I was 31. During that time I tried to be everything to everyone but I couldn't sustain the Superwoman act for too long... needless to say I soon crashed and burned!
So why hadn't I experience death before? Culture dictates that we don't talk about dying, as adults we fear it and in turn we shield our children from the truth.
I'd like to wag my finger at this taboo and talk about death, laugh, cry, share, celebrate but most of all normalise those conversations... so pull up a chair and let's eat cake!
Philip Sheridan – Facilitator, Poet & Writer
Two decades professional background working with children and families around separation and loss.
Lived experience of trauma, death and acquired disability. Proud member of the Patient | Carer Community at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds. Tutor at the School of Medicine.
Dr Catriona Dennis - Educational Staff Development Manager
I lead a programme of Continuing Professional Development events for the School of Medicine, University of Leeds. I am a senior fellow of Advance HE, focussing on educational, technological and pastoral needs to deliver support crossing academic, clinical and community environments.
Sharon Roscoe – Patient │Carer Community (PCC) Coordinator – Leeds Institute of Medical Education
I have worked with PCC members for 7 years, supporting them in delivering patient focussed teaching to Medical Students.
I am passionate about creating an environment where PCC members are comfortable, supported and enabled to provide a first-class patient perspective to our medical students.
I have facilitated several Death Cafes; which we have been running at Leeds School of Medicine since 2016. I am particularly looking forward to taking part in our on-line Death Café at this very particular time. I have had the devastating experience of losing a parent during this current crisis, and not being able to see or give comfort to my family or support my father. I know there will be thousands of other in the same position and that there is a great need to talk about this.
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