Day of the Dead celebration – community and openness at end of life

Categories: Community Engagement.

The event is inspired by the Mexican festival ‘Día de los Muertos’ where people remember family and loved ones who have died, and communities come together to tend graves and bring gifts to the deceased. 

The Dying Matters event will feature an altar where attendees can place photos and stories of their dead loved ones. There will be a celebration with Mexican food, drinks and music, and exhibitions including a display of work inspired by the Day of the Dead from students of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College.

There will be talks about care homes, training volunteers and dying in a multicultural world. The day will also include exciting new work around bereavement, including Dying Matters’ new partnership with the National Association of Funeral Directors, and a screening of ‘Beyond Goodbye’, a film about the healing power of a good funeral.

Dying Matters members from across the country will put their heads together to plan future work and share ideas on how to best raise awareness of end of life issues.

The event is being held today at Stewart House, University of London. A programme is available on the Dying Matters website. Stories and photos from the day will be made available after the event.

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