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Islington Dying Matters Festival, 2018

We are hosting a number of activities and events throughout May and June to create opportunities for people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement. Do come and join us.

'Light behind Death' photography competition and exhibition for young people age 16-19 years living or studying in Islington
Competition deadline: MIDNIGHT 30th April 2018. All entries after this time will not be considered.
Exhibition: An exhibition of the competition finalists take place at a venue in Islington during Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th to 20th May 2018).
To enter the competition:

As a society we’re not great at talking about death and dying. It’s a topic that is excluded from our everyday conversations because it’s too sad, too depressing and maybe even too taboo.

Yet each year 20,000 young people will experience the death of a parent or a sibling; thousands more will lose a grandparent, or her family member, friend or pet. However, many parents, teachers and young people struggle to know how to talk about it leaving people feeling isolated and alone.

We would like you to help us open up conversations about death and dying by capturing on camera the ‘light behind death’. 

Dying For a Cuppa?
Thursday 17th May 2018, 10:30am to 2:30pm
Angel Central Shopping Centre Open Air Section, 21 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS.

Come to our pop up café offering free tea and coffee and conversations about end of life. Look out for our very own coffee trike complete with barista! No booking required. Just turn up!

Our open air cafe will be staffed by Age UK Islington Future Matters volunteers and staff who will be available to talk to you about wills, powers of attorney, advance care plans and any issue around death and dying.

Islington Death Café
Thursday 24th May 2018, 10am until 12noon
Almeida Café Bar, Almeida St, London N1 1TA
To book a place email:

Many of us don’t have the opportunity to talk openly about death with others yet there may be many things we would like to think about or discuss. A Death Café provides the space to do just this. At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. It is simply an opportunity to talk about death in a safe and comfortable environment with no agenda, objectives or themes.

Maureen, who previously attended one of our Death Cafés says: "It was a great opportunity to talk about a subject that preoccupies us all. Give it a go; you might be pleasantly surprised!"

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