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Islington Dying Matters Festival, 2019

This year we are hosting a number of events in the run up to, during and after national Dying Matters awareness week which is taking place between the 13th - 19th May, 2019. The aim of our festival is to provide opportunities for people living, working and studying in Islington to have open conversations about death, dying and bereavement and to think about planning for the end of life.

Please take a look at our events below and be part of our Dying Matters festival.

'One Last Thing' photography competition

Entries close: midnight, Wednesday 24th April, 2019



We would like you to help us open up conversations about death, dying and bereavement and capture on camera 'One Last thing'.  Photographs are a great way to get people thinking and talking about some of the more difficult issues we face in life.

With thanks to Ruth Corney ( for sharing her photo with us

As a society we're not that great at talking about death and dying. We're also not very good at putting plans in plans in place for the end of our life. This lack of openess means that many people don't die where or how they would wish and they don't get the care and support they need. It can also lead to anxiety about the future and lead to conflict in families.

Why not take part in this 'One Last Thing' photography competition and help us get more people thinking, talking and planning.

The competition is open to anyone living, studying and working in Islington and there are two categories:

  • Young photographer - aged 16-19 years
  • Amateur photographer - aged 20+ years
See entry details and terms and conditions here

Dying for a Cuppa? Come to chat with us at our pop up cafe

When: Tuesday 14th May 2019, 10am to 2pm
Where: Islington Green, Upper Street, Islington, N1 8DU

Do you think that death is depressing, sad or maybe not to be talked about? We invite you to think again and open up to death being part of life. Look out for our coffee trike, complete with barrista, on Islington Green and come and join us for a chat.

Our open air cafe will be staffed by Age UK Islington Future Matters volunteers and staff who will be available to talk with you about wills, powers of attorney, advance care plans, our Future Matters project and anything related to death, dying and bereavement.

Islington Death Cafe at The Charterhouse

When: Thursday 23rd May 2019, 6-8pm
Where: The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN
Cost: Suggested donation of £2.50 towards tea, coffee and cake

To book your place send an email to:


Many of us don't have the opportunity to talk openly about death with others yet there be many things we would like to think about and discuss. A death cafe 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. We keep our groups small so it is easy to share stories, thoughts or worries, or simply just listen.

Pat, who has previously attended one of our Death Cafes says:

"It is a great opportunity to talk about a subject that preoccupies us all. Give it a go, you might be pleasantly surprised."

Dying Matters at University College London Hospital (UCLH)

When: Monday 13th May, 2019, 12noon to 2pm
Where: The Atrium at UCLH

We will be joining Camden and Islington Palliative Care Teams, Islington Bereavement Service and other local services to provide information about our Future Matters service and how we can support you to put your end of life care plans in place. Come and along for a chat and to find out more.


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