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Festival looks at life and death

Kicking the Bucket, a festival of living and dying, is set to invite the public to start asking questions about death.

Organised by Liz Rothschild, manager of Westmill Woodland Burial Ground just outside Oxford, who is also director and performer, the festival will run from 15 October to 2 November in and around Oxford.

“I wanted to make this festival happen because I see so much distress caused by people not feeling able to get the information they need or find ways to talk about death, dying and loss,” she said.

The festival will consist of a range of events designed variously to inspire, inform, support and challenge, as well as to be fun, thought-provoking and moving.

Activities will include workshops exploring practical ways to support the bereaved, a discussion featuring panellists – young and old – on what to say, green burial ground open days, family art workshops, sculpture, textile, print and paint art (including work by Edwina Bridgeman - see image right), and a glimpse into ‘the secret world of undertaking’.

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