Monday 8 May
We need to talk about death
Foyle Studio, mac Birmingham
7.30pm – 8.45pm
“I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen
It’s official – we are all going to die. So why is that we still find it so difficult to talk about death? More than ever, the topic of death and dying seems to both fascinate and terrify us as a society, but what stops us facing up to the inevitable? If a ‘fuller life’ requires a greater acceptance of death, then shouldn’t we at least start by talking about it?
This engaging discussion will explore a range of aspects around death and dying, including what constitutes a good death, why talking about death doesn’t bring it closer, and how to plan for one of life’s few inevitabilities.
Hosted by BrumYODO, our panel includes Fran Hall (award winning funeral director and CEO of the Good Funeral Guide), artist Lucy Nicholls (co-creator of ‘The Death Show’ featured at this year’s festival) and Dr Anna Lock (Palliative Medicine Consultant in Sandwell and West Birmingham).