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We all experience death, and yet we can find it hard to talk about. By deepening our understanding of death, we can learn what really matters in life.

Throughout May 2023 there were a series of free community events in Sheffield, to explore why dying matters.

A summary of each event is shown below. Alternatively you can view and download a PDF of the full calendar here.

Dying Matters

May

Tue 2 May, 7.30-9.30pm
Sheffield Pub Philosophy: Enquiring into what death means
Come and join in with a philosophical enquiry session to explore big questions about what death means to being human, led by Rosie Carnall.

The Millowners Arms, Kelham Island Museum, S3

Thu 4 May, 12.30-1.30pm

Talking about Dying: Webinar

Doctor Kathryn Mannix will give a live 30 min presentation followed by 30 mins of Q&A/discussion facilitated by end-of-life doula Mariana Garcia.

Online (Zoom)

Fri 5 May, 1-2.30pm
Sharing the View: Philosophy in the Gallery

Join with others to enquire into the ideas that emerge when we look at art together, led by Rosie Carnall.

Graves Gallery, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street, S1 (there are limitations to the accessibility in this venue)

Fri 5 May, 2-4pm
Wishes Fulfilled: Theatre performance followed by Q&A
This 'powerful, moving and incredibly funny' play by Az2B Theatre Company shows the importance of including friends, family and children in the preparation for death. In
collaboration with Age UK Sheffield and Festival of Debate.

The Arbourthorne Centre, Edenhall Road, S2

Sat 6 May, 10am-12 and 1-3pm
Circle of Life in Nature

Families are welcome to join this nature session in local woodland to explore ideas around life and death cycles, do creative activities together with natural materials, and chat around a campfire, led by Rose Tomson and Charlie Hill, in collaboration with Festival of Debate.

Meet outside 230th Gleadless Scouts Hut, Gleadless Road

Sun 7 May, 2-4pm
Grief Writers Meet-Up

A safe, supportive space to write about loss at The Writers Workshop, facilitated by local author Beverley Ward.

The Writers Workshop, 14 Craft Workshops, Orchard Square, S1

Mon 8 May, 11am-1pm
Songs and Memories
: Men's workshop
Run by Ben Buddy Slack from The Swan Song Project, you can request to play a song to listen to as part of a group. This workshop is for men only and you will have the opportunity to share which people, and the times in your life you shared with them, that the song reminds you of.
Shipshape, The Stables, Sharrow Lane, S11

Tue 9 May, 8-9.30pm

and Wed 10 May, 8-9.30pm
The Gift: Film (30min) followed by Q&A and show & tell
This award-winning documentary follows fun, vibrant artist, Barbara Bird, during the final year of her life and beyond her death. The film will be introduced by the director, Dr Barry J Gibb, with a Q&A afterwards, followed by a special Show & Tell in which audience members are invited, along with the filmmaker, to bring along and share an object they treasure from someone they have lost. In
collaboration with Festival of Debate.

The Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery, S11

 

Thu 11 May, 2.30-4.30pm

Dying Matters: A participatory performance

Dying matters is an interactive performance to encourage reflection and conversations on death and dying, led by Lab4Living.

Sheffield Hallam University, The White Building, 10 Fitzalan Sq, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1

Fri 12 May, 10am-4.30pm
Remembering: Interactive exhibition
'Remembering' is an interactive space focused on healthy bereavement and reflecting positively on loss and grief, open for art, creative installations and reflections and a space to think and chat with someone, led by Space to Breathe.

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1
 

Sat 13 May, 1-3pm
Two Quakers and Death
Explore the fact of death in relation to living more freely in this discussion of the Quaker approach to death, with Quakers Laura Kerr and Shad Woolgrove.

Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, S1

Sun 14 May, 10.30am-12noon
When Seasons Change: Reflecting on end of life with nature & creativity

Join Professor Michael Tan from Lab4Living and end-of-life doula Mariana Garcia for a stroll and find some moments to consider and capture in writing the things that matter to you in a supportive gathering.

The Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery, S11

Tue 16 May, 2-3.30pm
Death Cafe
Come and join this friendly, informal session with
end-of-life doula Mariana Garcia to chat about any aspect of death that you would like to explore, with free refreshments. Because thinking and talking about end of life can be actually quite life affirming!

Dore & Totley United Reformed Church, Totley Brook Road, S17

Thu 18 May, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm

Listening with your Eyes: Workshop
Listening with your Eyes, a workshop run by Vamos Theatre, helps participants to develop skills of empathy, insight, listening and trust-building, particularly in the arena of Health and Care.
The Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery, S11

 

Sat 20 May, 7-9pm
Dying Matters Open Mic
All welcome to bring your best words, poems and vocals to this family-friendly Open Mic event themed around death and loss, hosted by Bradford-based spoken-word artist and poet Sharena Lee Satti. In
collaboration with Festival of Debate.

Common Ground Community Centre, Machon Bank, S7

Sun 21 May, 2.30-4.30pm
Wishes Fulfilled: Theatre performance followed by Q&A

This 'powerful, moving and incredibly funny' play by Az2B Theatre Company shows the importance of including friends, family and children in the preparation for death. In collaboration with Gathering Ground, Age UK Sheffield and Festival of Debate.

The Pavilion, Hillsborough, S6

Tue 23 May, 11am-8pm
Spaces in Between: Reflections on love and loss

Join The Writers Workshop’s Grief Writers as we recall our love and grieve our losses at this exhibition of objects, pictures and words of remembrance. You are welcome to contribute your own words or images for the exhibition.

The Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery, S11

Wed 24 May, 11am-1pm
Poetry Heals
: Women's workshop
A gentle cathartic poetry writing workshop for women with published poet and spoken-word artist Sharena Lee Satti.

Shipshape, The Stables, Sharrow Lane, S11

Thu 25 May, 6.30-8.30pm
Dead and Alive: Online talk and exhibition
Journey through some of the world’s death rituals with photographer Klaus Bo in this online event with him, facilitated by end-of-life doula Mariana Garcia.

Online (Zoom)

Wed 31 May, 4-5.30pm

End of Life Conversations + Dead Good theatre performance recording

Join end-of-life doula Mariana Garcia to watch the recording of Dead Good, a play by Vamos Theatre, and have important conversations about end of life.

St Luke’s Ecclesall Road South

View and download a PDF of the full calendar of events here.

You can find out about, and book, our other ongoing events on the What's On page.

This programme was inspired by Hospice UK’s Dying Matters campaign, working to create an open culture in which we’re comfortable talking about death, dying and grief.

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