‘A Matter of Life and Death’- Autumn series of 4 online events

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We are excited to announce a series of 4 online events providing opportunities to talk openly about the subject of death and dying, rather than avoiding it as a taboo topic. We feel this is even more important in the wake of the devastating effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic during recent months.

The events are being organised and run as a partnership between Leeds Church Institute, Faith in Elderly People and Growing Old Grace-fully.

Here are the details of the events:

All are welcome at these online events; you may find them particularly helpful if you are supporting, visiting or caring for older people, the bereaved, or those nearing the end of life.

Format for the Events

We will kick off the series with a seminar type event with Dr Lynn Bassett being interviewed by Carol Burns, followed by opportunity to post questions in the chat function. This event can host a greater number of attendees.

The following 3 events will give more opportunity for discussion, and so may need to be limited to 30 people per event; if the events are oversubscribed we will keep a waiting list and consider planning further dates.

You can pick and choose which events to attend, there is no obligation to attend all 4 events as they are each stand-alone events in their own right.


POSTPONED “A Matter of Life and Death” conference Weds 18th March

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE HOPE TO REARRANGE IT FOR THE AUTUMN. A day to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement.

This free conference aims to help us see dying as something we can plan for and manage rather than something to fear and avoid discussing. It is a partnership event organised by Growing Old Grace-fully, Faith in Elderly People and Leeds Church Institute.

Programme for the day

10.00am Arrival, opportunity to browse marketplace of informative stalls
11.00am ‘Can we talk about death?’ – facilitated discussion groups for all
12.00pm Keynote speaker Dr Lynn Bassett

‘Making those difficult conversations just a little easier’

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Workshops – first round.

You will be able to choose one from the following:

Palliative Care – Medical Mythbusting

Putting Affairs in Order – Financial and Legal

Funerals and Memorialising

Supporting Carers

Having the conversation – visiting and pastoral care

3.00pm Workshops -second round
(opportunity to attend another of the topics from the above list)

4.00pm Close