Life, Death (and the Rest) is our annual 4 day event of talks, walks, workshops and film that supports a growing social movement talking about death, and how we remember our loved ones.
Kate Cherrell kicks of the festival with a Memento Mori: Victorian Mourning Jewellery talk. From elaborate hair wreaths to enormous brooches and impossibly expensive black jewels, mourning jewellery displays a devotion and beautiful morbidity that our contemporary lives lack. Other talks include Traditions of Death and Burial on Sat 7th March at 12pm, and Memorial Tattoos by the fantastic Dr John Troyer on Sunday at 11.30am.
Actually, talking about death can be surprisingly good for you, and your loved ones. According to Freud ‘It is indeed impossible to imagine our own death. We can’t imagine how we would be like dead, without being able to think or see, for example. We can’t accept our own death, no one believes in his own death’. However, ending the silence about death can help to diminish its terrors and lead to improvements in the quality of life. It can help people achieve a better work life balance, improve mental health, give people the tools to help loved ones who are dying, and to help difficult conversations to become easier.