Dying Matters Week

Every year in May, Dying Matters host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2020, the week will run from 11th to the 17th of May and the theme will be “Dying to be Heard”.

Whilst the Covid-19 crisis has prompted people to confront death and what it means for them, it’s crucial we don’t feel alone with these thoughts.

Kirklees, Redbridge and Newcastle City Library Services have been working together to curate a programme of events for Dying Matters Week #DyingToBeHeard.

The Undertaker’s Daughter: Kate Mayfield

The Covid-19 climate has prompted us all to think a bit more about death – whether it is concern for loved ones, for ourselves, or just the more general immediacy of mortality. One way to navigate this environment and confront these concerns is through reading. Kirklees, Redbridge and Newcastle Libraries are collaborating to host an Online Death Reading Group – each month we will read a particular book themed around death, and offer our responses to the group.

This is not a bereavement counselling session, but it is an opportunity to reflect on, and think about, what mortality means for us all. Bring tea, cake and a comfy chair!

We are delighted to announce that the first Online Death Reading Group will explore Kate Mayfield’s fascinating world in The Undertaker’s Daughter!

The author will be joining the discussion on the night and will do a short reading followed by a q&a session facilitated by Dr Claire Nally. There will also be an opportunity to have a general discussion about the themes of death, dying and loss which feature in the book.

You are not required to have read the book in advance but the first chapter is available to read here.

Book your place and find out more here (Links to view the live stream will be emailed out to participants).


Death Cafe Online

We would like to invite you to our first Online Death Cafe, to find out more about what a death cafe is please see: https://deathcafe.com/

Make sure you grab some tea, cake, and a comfy chair, and join us to share your thoughts and stories about life, death and loss. Everyone is welcome, no prior experience of a death cafe is necessary. Our Death Cafe’s will be a safe non-judgemental friendly space – if you prefer to listen then that’s totally fine with us.

This event will be run via Zoom, if you think you might need tech support, please log in 10 mins early, and we’ll do our best to help.

Book your place here (links will be emailed out to participants).


Curated eBook Collection

We have been curating a collection of eBooks which can be found here.

This collection of books support Dying Matters Week. The titles cover the topic of death, dying and grief. There are fiction and non-fiction books as well as titles to share with children. The collection is thought provoking and will support, soothe and provoke.


Book List

We have also put together a wider book list around the topic which you can view here. Please be aware that not all of these titles will be available as eBooks through Kirklees Libraries.


Support List

Support websites for death, dying and bereavement can be found here.