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Virtual Death Cafés – bringing people across Leeds together to talk about death and loss during lockdown

We have talked about Death Cafés before on this blog, hearing the first-hand experiences of someone who helped out at one of the sessions (and, of course, about the tea and cake on offer). However, with the coronavirus pandemic postponing … Continue reading

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Celebrating a life during Leeds Dying Matters week

As part of Leeds Dying Matters week one of the actions to consider is letting your loved ones know your funeral wishes: this is more than taking out a funeral plan which looks after the financial side but gives guidance … Continue reading

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Why should we be talking about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership?

It’s the one conversation that no one wants to have and probably the one that everyone should.  What plans have you made for your end of life? During this year’s Leeds Dying Matters Partnership Dying Matters week , first event on … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership

Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away either.  If we start talking about dying it makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will … Continue reading

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Remembering the dead – an exhibition at Leeds Abbey House museum

What objects do you own that remind you of someone who had died? This is the subject of a new exhibition, entitled Remembrance, at Abbey House Museum . The exhibition includes objects which have been used to remember loved ones since the … Continue reading

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Celebrating success and positive alternatives – Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service

Laura Pattison works with Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service. Before working at LSBS, Laura worked for St Gemma’s Hospice and was part of the teams which completed service evaluations for Women’s Health and Counselling and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre. In … Continue reading

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Don’t leave it unsaid says poet Ian McMillan as part of the Dying Matters in Leeds Big Conversation

‘I’m happy to support this campaign because dying is part of everyday life, and the more we talk about it the less scary it gets; and I’ve made a will because then my loved ones will have one less thing … Continue reading

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Why are we talking about Dying Matters in Leeds?

Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away. Here in Leeds, thanks to the Dying Matters Partnership, we’re trying out a new approach –the Big Conversation – … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the city one LEGO brick at a time and planning Darth Vader’s funeral – It’s all in a days work

“You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation” – Plato Carole Clark, Leeds City Council Ageing Well Officer, tells us about her experience using LEGO® Serious Play® to … Continue reading

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Spooky spies and social work

Some might think this is the most tenuous link to have ever found itself on the Better Lives blog, but I have form in linking TV shows to social care (see the Coronation Street one). I mean spies of the … Continue reading

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