Event programme

Dying Matters Awareness Week

 

Here are the employee events we have planned for Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Find out how to get involved.

We’ll be at 3 Piccadilly Place on Tuesday, May 15 and Churchgate House on Thursday, May 17.

 

Tuesday 15 May 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm

3 Piccadilly Place, 3rd and 4th floor, Manchester, M1 3BN.

10am-3pm: Exhibition open to all employees

11am-11.10am: Opening ceremony, with Jon Rouse

11.10am-11.25am: National Council for Palliative Care, with Tony Bonser

11.25am-11.35am: A musical interlude, with John Herring

11.45am-2pm: Grave Talk – places are limited and need to be booked (light refreshments available)

11.45am-12.45pm: Grave Talk, facilitated by Tony Bonser (3rd floor, Kinder)

11.45am-12.45am: Grave Talk, facilitated by Dorothy Bonser (3rd floor, Lune)

1pm-2pm: Grave Talk, facilitated by Tony Bonser (3rd floor, Kinder)

1pm-2pm: Grave Talk, facilitated by Dorothy Bonser (3rd floor, Lune)

 

What is a Grave Talk?

It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and bereavement raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends. This event will provide you with an opportunity to engage with this topic in a safe environment.

Grave Talk is a café-type space, where people can talk about these big questions. The conversation is helped along by an experienced facilitator, using Grave Talk conversation cards – 52 questions covering 5 key areas, as an aid to start conversations.

What happens at a Grave Talk event?

The purpose of the Grave Talk event is to talk and to listen and you can expect to be helped to start conversations about death, dying and bereavement. You will be welcomed by the person running the event and a free lunch will be provided.

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Thursday 17 May 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm

GMCA, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU.

10am-3pm: Exhibition opens for general viewing to all

10.15am-10.25am: Opening ceremony, with Kim Wrigley

10.25am-10.35am: National Council for Palliative Care, with Tony Bonser

10.35am-10.45am: A musical interlude, with John Herring

11am-2pm: Haylo Theatre (places are limited and need to be booked)

11am-12 noon: Sisters, Seagulls and Send-offs (first floor boardroom)

1pm-2pm: Over the Garden Fence (first floor boardroom)

 

Sisters, Seagulls and Send offs – written and performed by Hayley Riley and Louise Evans

‘Sisters, Seagulls and Send offs’ uses real life experiences of dealing with death, dying and bereavement. The production includes the notion of taking control, talking openly and making plans regarding end of life choices. It also explores some of the barriers we face as a society and how we deal with these sensitive issues.

It’s about life, it’s about death, it’s about options and choices. Beth and Penny have recently lost their father and they have conflicting opinions, opinions of his life and his death. The two sisters explore permission to grieve, and battle between coping with grief in different ways. As such, this play gives an insight into the role of death within society, and the emotions surrounding this difficult subject.

Over the Garden Fence – written and performed by Hayley Riley and Louise Evans

Our debut play, ‘Over the Garden Fence’ follows the story of Annabelle and her Gran Dolly. Annabelle and the audience take on a nostalgic journey through Grans life, sharing memories of happiness, sorrow and joy. It is a fast paced, uplifting and comical exploration into family, life and relationships that promotes an awareness of dementia that is accessible to all. This play encourages conversation and engages audiences in the discussion of not only dementia, but the importance of the individual behind the diagnosis.

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