A Dead Good Day Out - Death, Dying, Life and Loss - A 'Light of Heart' Day

10 November 2018

St Denys Church, Southampton SO17 2ND

Southern England




This event has facilities for disabled people Wheelchair accessible

Talks on Stage 10 min 'Death Bites' on a range of subjects including;

Rosie Inman Cooke ... How Green is Your Death? Nigel Hartley ............. A Hospice at the Heart of Our Community Toni Nunn ................. Splendid Songs for a Super Send Off Mike Grenville ........... A Death Doula's Reflections on Dying Sol Licitor .................. Where there's a Will

Poetry/Spoken word...reflections, recitals and readings by local Wordsmiths Dave Hubble and Duncan Green


'A Graceful Death' by Antonia Rolls

'At A Loss' by local Artists originating at The Arches Studios.

Family Led Home Funerals with Claire Turnham of Only With Love

Making Wills / Power of Attorney...get yourself 'sorted' - sooner, rather than later!

​Including children in Conversations / Bereavement with local Charity 'Simon Says'

The Acorn Project Bringing schools and local hospices together is helping to raise awareness of palliative care in the community, with Jane Askham

Coffin Painting - an activity to encourage people to talk about what they would want for their funeral or funerals they have been to.

Decorating Sugar Skulls - remembering people Mexican style

Fire Fairies - a tissue fairy made to carry thoughts and wishes, to dance over the fire and go up in the flames!

Southampton Ukulele Jam...a delightful dead good selection of songs

Artistic Invitations with Sarah Filmer and Caroline Misselbrook

Deathwatch - ​ Friendly Staff from Healthwatch will be listening to your stories, to help shape local services in Southampton

Willow Weaving with Malcolm Fay .... maybe another Barbie coffin?

​Earth to Heaven Coffins .... with a fine funereal selection

Angel Wing photography - set up for people to take selfies 'with wings'

Life Mask making - an activity in talking about death, we must think about life - what is important to us now?

​Facepainting - get colourful and celebrate the Mexican way!

Do B4 I Die Board - write it down, then go do it!

​Office of National Statistics Death Stats - explore the numbers

Cafe - The Table@hampshiretable serving tasty & nutritious snacks and drinks during the day ​


  1. Being with Someone who is Dying. Practical and emotional advice / information on what dying is and how you can support someone at home. Giving you the confidence to work alongside other teams and finding out where & What help is available. With Soul Midwife Antonia Rolls and Palliative Care Nurse
  2. Funeral Planning Debunking myths around what you can and can't do. How to plan your or someone's 'perfect' funeral. With Rosie Inman-Cooke of the Natural Death Centre
  3. Making Sense of Grief with Heather May – Advanced Care Planning Drop In Information to enable people to make informed choices about their future & have discussions with family / health professionals. With trainee Doula Alex Frosch from Living Well Dying Well

With Thanks to Jonathan Terry - local Independant Funeral Director - for supporting the day, and funding the venue hire.

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