Tickets for the Afterlife
Tickets for the Afterlife is a collaborative research project between Kirklees, Newcastle and Redbridge Libraries and the University of Northumbria. This 18 month project explores the concept of Death Positive Libraries, using libraries as safe and trusted spaces to start supportive conversations about death, dying and loss.
The project is funded by the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation through the Engaging Libraries Phase 2 programme.
If you’d like to find out more, visit our dedicated Facebook & Instagram pages:
Online Death Reading Group
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 have already hosted some wonderful authors, click on the links below to catch up on previous events:
A Love That Never Dies – Film Screening and Discussion
To mark Grief Awareness Week (2-8 December), we were joined by Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds, co -founders of The Good Grief Project www.thegoodgriefproject.co.uk and Directors of the award winning documentary A Love That Never Dies, and Gary Andrews (A.K.A. @GaryScribbler) artist, cartoonist and animator. Gary was widowed when his wife Joy died suddenly of sepsis in late 2017. His Doodle-A-Day drawings became an overnight phenomenon that began as a way for Gary to deal with his grief and make sense of family life without Joy, He has recently published Finding Joy.
On the night, the audience enjoyed an online screening of the film, followed by a Q&A session with Jane, Jimmy and Gary. To catch up on the discussion, visit our Facebook page.
Curated eBook Collection
We have been curating a collection of eBooks which can be found here
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.
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 websites for death, dying and bereavement can be found here.
Delivering Public Engagement Digitally
Carnegie UK have published their new digital learning leaflet, outlining what has been learned from the delivery of Engaging Libraries’ digital public engagement activities during the coronavirus pandemic and first national lockdown. The publication features our project as an example of a project which was able to deliver online.
Death Positive Poetry
These poems were written by Mohamed Saloo from the Batley Poets in response to an event we held in Dewsbury library with The Kirkwood as part of Dying Matters Week 2022.
The event encouraged the sharing of stories around the theme of death, dying, bereavement and loss.
The people who attended the event spoke about their own personal experiences, and browsed a selection of books and poetry about death, dying and loss.
The poems Mohamed has written reflect the emotion of the day and also consider the meaning “death positive” libraries and community spaces.
To download the poems, click here.
Tickets to the Afterlife
This film sums up the achievements of the Tickets for the Afterlife project. Our work in this area continues under the banner of Death Positive Libraries.