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he Natural Death Centre is dedicated to informing and educating the public about all aspects of dying and death.


It also needs funding!


If you are planning an event to do with dying, death and bereavement and would consider collecting money to support the work of The Natural Death Centre at it, please do get in touch. We would be immensely grateful, and would also help publicise your event on this page of our website. 


Death Cafes

What is a Death Cafe?
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. 

Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. 
Death Cafes are always offered: 
- On a not for profit basis 
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space 
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action 
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake! 

If you're interested in holding a Death Cafe please see our how-to guide. - See more at www.deathcafe.com




Death Cafés around the UK

If you're interested in holding a Death Cafe please see our how-to guide. - See more at www.deathcafe.com

Events Listings are also held at:


The Centre for Death and Society (CDAS)


Dying Matters


Poetry Challenge


Coffin Club Hastings:

Wednesday morning for six weeks 10.30am-1.30pm.

12th September to 17th October 2018

See Spray Gallery, 153-154 Queens Road, Hastings, TN34 1RNIf you can't make the September dates, Coffin Club will be running again in the spring from 27th February to 3rd April. Get in touch to book your place.


Second National Convention for Celebrants - Thursday 27th September 2018


On Monday 1st October, Life. Death. Whatever. presents an evening of talks exploring the subjects that everyone NEEDS to talk about but no one knows HOW to talk about.

WE NEED TO TALK will be opening up the conversation, bringing the hidden and stigmatized out of the shadows to give SUICIDE, GRIEF, POVERTY & MALE INFERTILITY the platform they deserve.

Life. Death. Whatever. never shies away from difficult topics and has spent the last three years redesigning the dialogue around death, dying and grief, giving voice to the unheard. They’ve already taken their inimitable style and ground-breaking ideas nationwide to The National Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Redbridge Libraries, and Winchester University.

This year, Life. Death. Whatever. is delighted to be showcasing their work, for one night only, on the banks of the river Thames at grade two listed Linden House in Hammersmith.    We'll hear from speakers who are facing their subjects head on with style, substance, determination, grit, boldness, bravery and impact.

The impressive line-up features photographer Daniel Regan talking about mental health difficulties and suicide; print artist The Fandangoe Kid exploring all things grief after the traumatic and enormous loss of her family; working class writer & spoken word artist Cash Carraway discussing living below the poverty line and Dr Robin Hadley and former market stallholder and stand-up comedian Rod Silvers talking about male infertility.

The internationally acclaimed interactive installation #unsaid will also be on display. You'll be able to write your own unsaid message, or spend time reading the thousands of unsaids that have been collected over the last two years.

We’ll be exploring stigma, shouting about subjects too often ignored and facing the ‘unfaceable’ head-on. We hope you’ll join us for a brave and brazen exploration and deconstruction of so many of our society’s taboos.

Come along for a surprisingly uplifting, life-affirming and cutting-edge evening and be at the forefront of the movement to abolish ‘taboos’ and normalise ‘difficult’.  

Life. Death. Whatever. presents WE NEED TO TALK

Monday 1st October 2018
Bar opens at 6pm.  Talks begin at 7pm.
Linden House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA
Tickets £9.50 available from 

Life. Death. Whatever. is many things.  It began life as a ground-breaking festival, which ran in partnership with the National Trust; it developed into an international community of eclectic people from many different disciplines (artists, writers, funeral professionals, hospice and hospital workers, counsellors, medical staff and interested members of the public) who are united in a commitment to doing death differently; it’s also an approach that influences our individual work - a forward-thinking, educational, honest, approachable, transparent, bold and brave way of addressing the inevitable.  Because death is going to happen to us all, and we believe that how we handle that fact matters enormously.

The National Celebrant Awards - Thursday 27th September 2018

Dead Good Days - Southampton Events
23rd (am) - Advance Care Plans Workshop at Highfield Church
23rd (eve) - 'Outside The Box' Play at Countess Mountbatten House
25th (eve) - Death Chat Cafe at The Art House Cafe
26th (eve) - Dead Good Music Night at 1865 Club
28th (pm) - Lively Walk with Death, Old Southampton Cemetery 
1st (eve) - Deathly Storytelling Club at The Art House Cafe
1st (eve) - A Dead Good Watercolour Workshop at Docks Cafe
3rd (pm) - Pet Death and still life drawing at The Arches Studio
7th (eve) - A Dead Good Drawing Workshop at The Art House
8th (eve) - A Dead Good Research Cafe at Southampton University
10th (all day) - A Dead Good Day Out at St Deny's Church
For more information on any of the events taking place from Dead Good please go to their website www.deadgooddays.com or visit their facebook page. 






The New Natural Death Handbook fifth edition is out now, this book is a must read for everyone. Completely revised and expanded into a boxed set of three books... Read more

Credit to Will Whipple (photographer)



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