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Final Fling Death Cafe
Wed, May 10, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM BST
It's unfortunately true that some people don't die as they might have wished to. They may not have left a will, or expressed wishes about their funeral, care arrangements for dependents and pets, or donating organs. Or simply, they might not have said what they wanted to say.
Some people never want to talk about these things, and if that's the case we need to respect that, but it can bring you closer and families commonly report a sense of relief once dying is brought out into the open.
Where do we start? Well, Bluebird Care are attempting to debunk some of the myths surrounding death and initially embarked on an internal training programme for all our staff who were interested in palliative and end of life care for our customers. This led us on a journey and we became involved with some research being conducted by Scottish Care which resulted in their Trees that Bend in the Wind publication.
Our staff participated in the John Beattie show on Radio Scotland recently and this really got the conversation going! We wanted to open this up to everyone in our local area to get that sense of community going again and to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. As part of the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief organisation, we want to encourage conversation around this taboo topic with the people of Edinburgh being open about death, dying and bereavement.
There will be conversation, hot drinks and cakes freely available.