Death and dying are among some of the most fear-inducing, awkward and uncomfortable topics of conversation out there. They’re also some of the most important, but not enough people are prepared to discuss them.

Each year, Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place, and it offers an unparalleled opportunity to put death, dying and bereavement on the agenda.

This year, the week falls on May 13th - 19th and the theme is ‘Are we ready?’

St Wilfrid’s will be taking part in the conversation with a series of events; here’s what you can get involved in!


Wednesday 15th March - Seahorse Project Launch 
6.30 - 8.30pm, St Wilfrid’s Hospice Street Café

The Seahorse Project is St Wilfrid's new bereavement support project for children and young people. We're celebrating the launch of this important new local service with a reading by children's author Giles Paley-Phillips from his new book. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Email [email protected] or phone 01323 434275 to reserve your place.

Friday 17th May - Crafty Friday Coffin Club
10.30am - 1.30pm, St Wilfrid's Hospice

Kate and Kate from the Hastings Coffin Club will be discussing what the perfect send-off might look like before giving you the chance to decorate a flat-pack coffin. Come along and join the funeral revolution!

Attendance is free but donations are welcome.

Saturday 18th May - Dead Good Screening + Q&A
2.00pm, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Dead Good, from first-time filmmaker Rehana Rose, takes an alternative look at the funeral industry through the eyes of three different groups of people.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rehana Rose and St Wilfrid's Family Support Co-ordinator, Ella Williams.

Tickets are £8.50 and can be booked at townereastbourne.org.uk.