We are very much looking forward to welcoming Paul Kefford, an Independent Celebrant who, not only will be presenting “Putting the Fun back into Funerals” as part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival, but also a Death Cafe – a place to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.
Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.
Recently Janice Turner wrote an article after attending a Death Cafe entitled “Life would be better if we faced up to death”. She explains: “Death Cafes, like bereavement groups and counselling are secular substitutes for the religion we’ve lost. Without faith it is harder to navigate mortality, to formulate new rituals rather than repeat those reassuring ancient words. It is even harder to break down the modern medical notion that death must be sanitised because it is too ghastly and somehow unhygienic to look at head on”. If you are a member of the Times you can see the article in full here
ADMISSION: By donations – whatever you can afford is very welcome. Please register your attendance by clicking on Register Now
WHERE: Spielman Centre next to Kates Kitchen Cafe
WHEN: 3pm-4.30pm. We recommend arriving a little earlier than the start time to allow plenty of time to get coffee/tea/cake
PARKING: Free in Arnos Vale
ABOUT YOUR HOST: Paul Kefford is a funeral celebrant and end of life doula (occasionally moonlighting as a funeral director) operating in north Wiltshire and Bath, with almost ten years’ practice. After study at Durham and London Universities, he had a successful policy, private office and speech-writing career as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office. Paul supports individuals in planning ‘for when the time comes’, has taught both new celebrants and CPD courses, and is always looking for innovative ways to create life-centred funerals. He was a volunteer Samaritan listener and is in demand for people bereaved by suicide, and bereaved through addiction.