We had so much going on during Dying Matters Week we knew we’d need to capture all the activities and comments during the week. What followed was this amazing short video courtesy of Sarah Chaundler of Jigsaw Pictures.

If you want to know why it’s important to talk about Death and Dying we hope this video helps. Please share with anyone you think might find it useful.

And here’s a quick summary of the activities that took place during May.


Saturday 7th May 9am-2pm Kings Heath Farmers Market: People were able to come and chat with us to find out what it was all about and learn about the events that were coming up.

During the week BrumYODO held:

Death Cafes

Monday: Loaf in Stirchley, 7pm-9pm

Tuesday: Urban Coffee Company, Jewellery Quarter, 3.30pm-5.00pm

Wednesday: Impact Hub, Digbeth – 6.30pm-8.30pm

Thursday: John Taylor Hospice Moments Cafe, city centre – 10am-midday

Friday: Walk in Death Cafe at Fletchers, York Road, Kings Heath 2pm-4pm

Before I Die Walls

Kings Heath library – all week

Heartlands Hospital – all week

Erdington Library – Monday 9.30pm – 4.30pm

You+ Shop Chelmsley Wood – Tuesday 10th May, 9.30-4.30pm

Erdington High Street – Wednesday 11th May 10am – midday

Urban Coffee Company, Jewellery Quarter – all week

Solihull Library – all week

Events and Exhibits – all week at Fletchers Bar, York Rd, Kings Heath.

People were able to join us for creative sessions, coffin decorating, meet hospice teams, Macmillan nurses, will writers, solicitors, shroud demonstrations, ask an undertaker and much more! Or simply to stop by for coffee / tea and cake. Here’s what was on each day:

Fletchers Monday

Fletchers Tuesday

Fletchers Wednesday

Fletchers Thursday

Fletchers Friday

Additional Events that were held

Information day at St Giles Hospice: Thursday 12th May 9.30am-3.30pm

Free bus trip to Westall Park Natural Burial Ground: Thursday 12th May, 10am-1.30pm

Tales of The Grimm Reaper – storytelling night at The British Oak in Stirchley: Friday 13th May from 7pm

Death Disco at the Hare and Hounds: Saturday 14th May from 8pm