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Free short book about death

Posted by Phil Brisk on Sept. 10, 2018, 4:43 a.m. 1 comment

Having hosted a very successful event featuring a leading near-death experience researcher last year, and having spent several years researching various related phenomena, I felt moved to write a little introductory book that might be helpful to people approaching the subject of death in a fearful way. 

I am a professionial writer, a qualified teacher and a qualified bereavement counsellor, so I guess all these strands combined in the impulse to write the book.  Anyway, I am happy to send an electronic copy to anyone who wants to take a look.  Just email

It is deliberately short so should only take a couple of hours to read.  And if anyone wants to get in touch after reading, please feel free to do so.  My email address again is

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Edna's Death Cafe!

Posted by Jools Barsky on Sept. 7, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

New fiction book written about a Death Cafe:

As in life, death is not without its agenda. This is something seventy-nine year old Edna Reid finds out when her partner, Ted, suddenly dies.

To cope with her loss, she sets up a Death Cafe to break down the taboo around death and to encourage other members of the community to discuss it openly. Over tea and cake, the participants hide their fears behind a veil of dark humour.

Religious fanaticism clashes with Victorian spiritualism as Edna’s meetings trigger lively conversations on the fragility of life, anxiety over dying, cost of funerals, and making sure long-lost greedy relatives don’t benefit from inheritances.

Soon, a series of events begin to unfold which threaten to undermine Edna’s livelihood and the Death Cafe meetings. These events just happen to coincide with the arrival of a mysterious stranger into the village.

Who is she and why is she so hostile to Edna?


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Ernest Becker

Posted by straubhw on Aug. 27, 2018, 5:10 a.m.

Summary of the thoughts of one of Canada's prime thinkers on death and dying, Ernest Becker. 


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Facebook page of the Japanese death cafe in Sydney

Posted by Shiori on June 26, 2018, 1:27 a.m.

Facebook page of the Japanese death cafe in Sydney

We have Japanese Death Cafe in Sydney, Australia once in a month.

We talk in Japanese and hold meeting on the fourth Wednesday every month from 10:30-12:00 at the Starbucks, Chinatown.

We have the facebook page of this. (In Japanese)!

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A Love That Never Dies

Posted by Josefine Speyer on June 2, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

This documentry film by Jane and Jimmy Edmonds will be screened all over the UK. On Thursday 7 June 2018 it will be shown at the Phoenix Cinema in Finchley followed by a Q&A session which they invited me to facilitate. If you live in London, do come!




“Beautifully made, poetic in its grace, deeply moving and inspiring”

Roger Graef, Documentary film maker



“A very personal labour of love that never feels indulgent. Good stuff”

Charlie Phillips,  Head of Documentaries (multi media) Guardian News and Media



“At the heart of this film, lies a profound question about how our society deals with grief …. how can our society support and welcome the bereaved rather than reject them?” 

Alice Jolly (author)



“Powerful and important stories”

Dr Katherine Shear, Centre for Complicated Grief



“Masterful …Essential viewing for anyone trying to rebuild their lives after tragedy”

Prof Robert Neimeyer, Dept Psychology University of Memphis



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I warmly welcome you to Explore The Labyrinth ~ immerseive art installation located beneath beautiful Butser Hill, Near Petersfield, Hampshire ~ 96 pieces of creative work in an enclosed labyrinth setting depicting a journey from isolation to intimacy, including a central chamber reflecting on death.

Open Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays 3-7pm ending 30th June 2018 ~

Come See!!!


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On Living while Dying

Posted by Susan Briscoe on April 16, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

On Living while Dying

This is my uplifting article on living with terminal illness, published last month in the Huffington Post. They gave it this tilte: "I Am Dying From Terminal Cancer. Here's What It's Taught Me About Living."

(The picture is me on a recent vacation, recuperating from palliative chemo!)

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The Death Project

Posted by Susan Briscoe on April 16, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

This is my blog about living while dying! I started it a year ago when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Check out the essays On Dying and Living.


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The Grave Truth Behind Death Cafe Documentary

Posted by Jools Barsky on March 23, 2018, 6:22 a.m.

Death is an inevitable part of life but for most of us it’s a taboo subject. The documentary Dying to Talk hears from the people who are talking about it in 'Death Cafes' around the world. Presenter, Julian Keane and producer, Chelsea Dickinson answer listeners’ questions on the documentary and talk about their own experiences of making it.


Also, a recent Heart and Soul episode Off The Derech features Hassidic Jews who have left their Orthodox communities in search for a mainstream life. Listeners from Jamaica, Spain and the UK have been sharing their views on the programme.


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Organ donation after death to save lives

Posted by on March 17, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Organ donation after death to save lives

Organ donation

If you needed an organ transplant would you have one?

If so please help those in need of a transplant by opting to donate your organs and tissue after your death.

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Dissertation Research

Posted by bxsvage on March 15, 2018, 3:46 p.m.


My name is Rebecca and i am a 3rd year sociology student at Goldsmiths University, i am currently writing my dissertation which is interested in people's attitudes towards death, i have attended a few death cafes and been able to gain a great insight about what it is all about!

Attatched is a quick survey which i would really appreciate if anyone had the time to fill out, shouldnt take long! Just asking a few questions about your thoughts on death cafes and how they may or may not have helped you when thinking about death. 

Thanks so much!! 



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I'm a senior in college studying graphic design. I've decided that my senior thesis project is going to be surrounding death in cultures around the world, the different ways we approach it, and what we can do to make this topic of conversation an easier one to start. I think that this is really important, and this survey is the first of many points of research I'm gathering. Thank you in advance for helping me out!


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Participants are needed for a research study on forgiveness and end-of-life communication.


This research project hopes to learn about such conversations and issues, and how they have affected people and their relationships. 


This study will recruit 15 participants. If you would like to tell me your story of forgiveness, and are at least 18 years old, I invite you to take part in an interview. The interview can be conducted in person at a location of your choosing, over the phone or via video call. Participation will take between 1-2.5 hours of your time. 


Participation in this study may benefit you personally. Having the opportunity to talk about your forgiveness issues and conversations with loved ones can help you process that experience. It can also provide you with a deeper understanding of how the experience has affected you and your relationship with your family member or loved one. Overall, we hope to gain information about how people communicate about forgiveness in the end-of-life context. Such information will benefit science and society in general, as research on this topic is currently limited and we don’t understand much about how people communicate in this context and about this topic.



If you are interested in participating, please contact Carmen Goman at

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Surprising answers to basic questions about death images

This is an excerpt from a fascinating new book on death images in the news. It overturns many widely held assumptions. By NYU Press, it's entitled, Death Makes the News: How the Media Censor and Display the Dead. Turns out the tabloids don't show more death, plus other new insights related to class bias and nationalism. It also reveals how dedicated editors are to censoring death. 

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What role theatre-making and the performing arts can play in opening conversations about dying

An upcoming weekend workshop that looks at how creative techniques from physical theatre and the performing arts can help protect emotional wellbeing during grief and initate open conversations about dying.

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