Dead Good Death Festival

Fri 3 May - Sun 5 May 2024

'Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it' - Haruki Murakami

Explore what a good death means to you at our alternative death festival!

On Friday night, performance of ‘Tell it to The Bees’ in the Anglican Chapel.

On Saturday stalls , talks and workshops, all free events.

On Sunday, Yoga for Grief and the Dead Good Death Café . These three events are listed separately on the events page and need to be booked in advance (all chargeable)

FREE | Drop in

Talks, Sat 4 May

All talks will take place on Saturday in the Anglican Chapel and last approximately 20-30 minutes.

11am. Ask Me, I’m a Funeral Director- Daniel Devall.

Devall and Sons are a Nuneaton and Coventry based family run funeral director business. Devall’s run The Conversation Series – through social media they invite people to take part in thought-provoking conversations that explore various aspects of death and the funeral industry. Here Daniel will be doing the same, ready to answer your pressing questions.

11.45am. A Gift For Grief- Louise Bates

Grief is a universal experience and we all do it differently. Unfortunately, society tends to shy away from conversations about grief and loss – but Louise is on a mission to help society become more grief literate. We need to talk about grief and people need to hear these conversations.

Louise is a bereaved mother, therapist, author & podcaster. After the death of her son Matthew in 2016 she has dedicated her work to helping others navigating grief.

She has written two books about grief and she also has a podcast on this subject.

12.30pm. Myton Hospice- Olivia Bowskill

This presentation, led by Community Engagement Manager at The Myton Hospices, Olivia Bowskill (RN), will provide an overview of Myton’s services and how we may be able to support you and your loved ones, now or in the future. At The Myton Hospices, we believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life; we focus on enhancing life when cure is no longer an option. We are not just about end of life care, we support patients and their loved ones right from the moment they are diagnosed, caring for people aged 18+ living with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses including Respiratory, Heart & Neurological conditions, Cancer and Organ failure. We also provide support for their carers and loved ones.

1.15pm. Planning Ahead of Time- Dayle Adams

Dayle will cover the importance of considering your end of life, from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective. She will tell of different funerals based on a family having information, not having information and someone self-planning it. She will talk about the peace of mind it brings to them to know their wishes are known and the blessing it is to their family to have that knowledge. Dayle will give some ideas of what to consider and how to start the conversations with their nearest and dearest.

2pm. Jewish Funeral Rites and Rituals- Martin Been

This talk is a general explanation of the Jewish practice in relation to death. This will start with hearing of the death; the CHEVRA Kadisha who tend to the body and perform the cleansing rituals (Tahara); the timing of the burial, the eulogy and practice of filling the grave; Shiva – the seven days of mourning; the year following burial and the setting of the headstone. The talk will also touch on some different practices around the world.

2.45pm How to have an Eco-Friendly Funeral- Emma Restall Orr

We all know how important it is do our bit for the planet, but how can we be sure that our own death doesn’t cost the earth? Did you know that choosing a natural burial ground could mean that your final invoice is less than you’d pay for a cremation? And you aren’t adding to climate change with more pollution and CO2 emissions. Come and explore the natural peace and beauty of a natural burial ground with Emma, one of the small team who look after Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve in South Warwickshire.

3.30pm. Ancient and the Modern Round Barrow. What Mid-England Barrow can offer in today’s society- Sarah Smart.

Talk will include a brief history of ancient barrows. The modern Mid-England Barrow at Farnborough, Warwickshire: when and why it was built, how it was built. Where the modern Barrow sits in relation to other options available. What is the Barrow like, and why is it so special. What the modern Round Barrow offers families. How the Barrow has evolved in the current economic climate.

All of the talks are free, but Historic Coventry Trust welcome any donations.

Stalls, Sat 4 May

Among our stalls on the 4th of May are:

The Natural Death Centre

Devall and Son Family Funeral Directors

Tomb Talk- planning your funeral in advance,

More Than Brown Bread Podcasts

Hughes Probate Services

Sunrising Natural Burial Ground

Mid England Barrow

Myton Hospices

Markfield Natural Burial Ground

Coventry Family History Society- with a comprehensive database of the burials at London Road Cemetery

Wildheart Coffins, where you can have a go at weaving a willow coffin.

Come and find out much needed information and discover things you didn’t know you needed to know.

Workshops, Sat 4 May

Sign up for a workshop –

The Art of Grief , 11am – 12.30pm – local artist Michala Gyetvai will talk about using art to deal with grief and give participants a chance to have a go at creating a piece of art.
How do we deal with grief and loss? In this workshop we will look at artists who through their own experiences have dealt with this subject. 
There will be opportunities to look at how you can use different creative ways, to help you emotionally, through poetry, stitching and drawing. 
Participants need to bring a basic sewing kit and or materials for drawing.
This workshop is outside in the London Road Cemetery so please dress for the weather conditions. Places are limited, please book here 

Local Crime author Nicky Downes will be running a workshop in the atmospheric Mortuary Chapel called Murder in the Crypt, 1pm – 2pm.

From Agatha Christie to Ann Cleeves. Where does our fascination with fictional murder originate from? Is it a healthy pastime to read about sudden death? What is it that fascinates us? Is it the mystery, or reading about the gory details of death itself?

Nicky will take us on a journey of discovery from the gallows to the courtroom. Through quizzes and discussion, we’ll discover why so many of us are obsessed by true crime and fictional murder mysteries.

Nicky is the author of the DI Jack Kent and DI Amelia Barton of the NCA series set in Coventry and Birmingham. Her next novel is a psychological thriller which will be published in July.

The FREE workshop will last approximately an hour. Bring a pen and notebook or paper. There are only 12 places available so book early to avoid disappointment. You can reserve your place by emailing: nicjaydownes@gmail.com

 

Companion Voices will be hosting an hour long workshop- 2pm -3pm. Please meet outside the front of the Anglican chapel from 1.45pm.

Companion Voices are singers based in the UK who gather to learn songs and prepare themselves to sing for people at the end of life. We share our voices, compassion and loving presence when called upon to do so. Spend an hour in the company of Companion Voices, find out how we work, enjoy our singing and learn a couple of the songs we might sing at the bedside of someone nearing the end of life. Judith Silver, Natural Voice Practitioner and founder of Companion Voices will be leading this FREE 1-hour workshop for anyone interested in finding out more about the service we offer or exploring the possibility of becoming a Companion singer yourself. Please reserve your space by emailing- heartofengland@companionvoices.org. Limited spaces available.

 

 

About

This event will be facilitated by local celebrant Lisa Dundas.

Lisa is a local celebrant working in and around the Coventry and Warwickshire area who is passionate about getting people to talk more openly about death and the fears surrounding death and dying.

Historic Coventry Trust will be running walking tours of the London Road Cemetery. Details of these will be on the website soon.

There will be tea, coffee and light refreshments served by the Volkscafe Van.

 

Useful information

  • Everyone welcome regardless of age, religion, non religion, gender or background

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at the Anglican Chapel.

Disabled parking is available on Charterhouse Drive, off London Road.

There are uneven pathways throughout London Road Cemetery.

Find us

Sat Nav Destination: CV1 2JT

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Thank you

Made possible with National Heritage Lottery Fund and Community Fund, part of the Parks for People Programme.

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