Death Services & Communities
Each year in the UK, more than 6000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities. Faced with a sudden, often unexpected and sometimes violent death, the bereaved experience a complex grief which typically includes strong feelings of guilt, self-reproach and questioning – “why?”. Discomfort, shame and stigma associated with suicide can make it difficult to talk about. There may be further complexities not common to no
An End-of-Life Doula is there to support a person, and those important to them, with a terminal diagnosis. We work in the person’s home as well as Hospices, Hospitals and Care Homes. We are there for the elderly and those living with dementia too. Our non-medical role is to preserve the quality of wellbeing, sense of identity and self-worth from the moment we are called upon.
Grieving is a natural process, allowing the expression of sadness, loneliness, anger, despair and other feelings. The more we open ourselves to love others, to celebrate the beauty of our world, to long for peace or justice, the more we open ourselves to the pain of losing what we love, or feeling the destruction and the inequality in the world around us. Grief is not a negative thing, but an expression of our love, our passion for justice, our interconnectedness.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Dying Matters is Hospice UK's flagship national campaign. Working in partnership with grassroots communities around the UK, it aims to get people talking and sharing stories openly about dying and grief, to reduce the associated stress, stigma and social isolation.
Our Vision: A world where all at life’s thresholds may be honored with compassion shared through song. Our Mission: Singing for those at the thresholds of life.