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Scouting Magazine interview, April 2020

Debbie Young, (Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk) was interviewed by the Scouting Magazine, for their Summer Edition 2020, about our experiences of hosting Death Cafes. You can read the full interview here pages 32-35.

The beautiful illustrations are by Margaux Carpentier @margauxcarpe

First ever Death Cafés at London School of Economics, March 2020

Liam Selsby trained to be one of our Future Matters volunteer in 2019. After helping to run a few Gentle Dusk Death Cafés, Liam was keen to host one at LSE where he is a student.


The staff at LSE were very supportive of the idea and during the week of 2nd March 2020, Liam led a Death Café for LSE staff (supported by our team of trained Future Matters volunteers) and one for students (supported by LSE Peer Supporters who had been trained by Gentle Dusk).

The Death Cafés were well attended and a great success:

"It made me feel everybody shares similar feelings about death and loss. Made me feel not alone".  LSE Student

BBC Radio Bristol interview, Sunday 26 January, 2020

Mireille Hayden (Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk), Chris Baker (Memorial Woodlands) and Lyn Heathcote (Celebrant) talk on BBC Radio Bristol about death, dying and the series of free workshops that are being held at Memorial Woodlands Bristol in the coming months (see our events page for more informtion).

You can listen to the interview here (Forward to 2:08:54)

Gentle Dusk featured in the New Scientist, 23 November, 2019

Mireille Hayden, Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk, talks with Daniel Cossins, features writer at New Scientist about how to prepare for death. You can read the full article that appeared in the New Scientist on 23 November 2019 here.

Islington Volunteer of the Year Awards 2019

Two of our Future Matters volunteers, Dorothy Boswell and Joanie Speers have been recognised at the Islington Volunteer of the Year Awards 2019 and have been 'Highly Commended' for their volunteering in the Borough.

Dorothy has been volunteering with Future Matters since November 2016. Every week Dorothy meets with Islington local residents to help them put their end of life plans in place. This can involve anything from writing an Advance Care Plan or recording funeral wishes to organising Powers of Attorney or a Will. Dorothy's open, honest and caring approach enables people to have discussions about death and dying which they had previously found daunting or scary and she gently guides them through the end of life care planning process so they feel a little more control of the future. Dorothy also runs awareness raising events in the community.

Joanie trained as a Future Matters volunteer in 2015. As well as helping people put their end of life plans in place, Joanie also delivers awareness raising community events about death, dying and the importance of end of life planning. This involves leading Islington Death Cafes, delivering workshops in a range of community settings such as day centres, community groups and supported housing schemes and giving talks. Talking about death and dying isn't easy but Joanie has a way of presenting the information with sensitivity and honesty and is able to actively engage her audience in these sometimes difficult conversations. Many Islington residents have written their own end of life care plan as a result of one of Joanie's community events.

You can read more about the Awards and the category winners here.

Gentle Dusk take part in the Dying Matters Podcast (Episode 7)

We enjoyed being part of Episode 7 of the Dying Matters Podcast which focused on talking with young people about death and dying. In this episode Debbie Young (Senior Partner at Gentle Dusk) and Future Matters volunteer Joanie Speers talk about how we set up and facilitated a Death Cafe just for young people, providing them with their own space to talk about death and dying. Our part of the discussion starts at 18:00 mins.

Gentle Dusk in the Media

We are delighted that the work of Gentle Dusk, including our Future Matters project and Dying Matters Week festival 2018 has been featured on Hospice UK's ehospice website. On August 01, 2018 ehospice writes about our 'Light behind Death' photography competion for young people and how we have engaged young people using the arts. On Dec 4, 2017 Joanie Speers, one of our Future Matters volunteers tells e-hospice how she enjoys helping people think about the end of life they would like.

The press release for our Dying Matters Week festival 2016 covering death, dying and bereavement and promoting our 'Tea and Death' events was published in the Islington Tribune and the Islington Gazette.

Our awareness raising poetry evening which we organised for Dying Matters Week 2014 was also featured in the Islington Gazette.

Our Future Matters programme has been covered in the Dying Matters Autumn 2013 Newsletter and
Dying Matters August 2014 Newsletter and in the NCPC Inside Palliative Care December 2013 Magazine.


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