Sat, 07 May

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Hove

Dying for a Cuppa™️ - The Workshop

'Dying for a Cuppa' - The Workshop has been created in support of Dying Matters Awareness week 2022. A space to learn, connect and create. 2 thought provoking, educational sessions for all to engage in and learn more about death, the dying journey and your choices for your funeral.

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Dying for a Cuppa™️ - The Workshop

Time & Location

07 May, 09:45 – 16:30 BST

Hove, Church Road,, Church Rd, Hove BN3 2FL, UK

About the Event

Dying for a Cuppa™️ was created by Katie and Hannah in 2019 for a Dying Matters event to represent our Soul Midwife community. This was our take on a death cafe. An informal get together, drinking tea and eating cake all the while talking about all things life and death, and everything in between. A safe space to share, to learn and speak freely with likeminded souls. These grew into regular community events hosted by Hannah in Hove, and then with Katie hosting online Dying for a Cuppa™️ forums on Facebook live monthly since May 2020. These online sessions are about sharing stories, valuable information about death and the dying journey and creating a safe space to connect and engage.

We have come back together for another face to face community event for you all with Dying for a Cuppa™️ - The Workshop

Saturday 7th May, starting at 9.45am, we will begin with a short introduction and welcome. The first session, TLC-The 4 stages of Dying - will start at 10am. We will break for lunch around 12.30pm (please bring your own or there are plenty of amazing eateries around nearby to choose from) we will then start the afternoon session at 1.30 to finish the day around 4.30.

The day is split into 2 sessions. You can attend each one individually at an exchange of £30 each, or you can attend the whole day for £55.

TLC - The 4 Stages of Dying - 10.00am - 12.30pm

TLC workshops are designed, created and delivered by Soul Midwives (End of Life companions) to give ANYONE and EVERYONE practical skills, valuable information, confidence and support when it comes to looking after someone who is dying. You may work in health care, be caring for a loved one or feel drawn to this kind of work, whatever your motivation and experience, you are very welcome.

TLC covers topics such as how to hold a loving bedside vigil, deep listening skills, supportive gentle touch and key information about the 4 stages of dying, all from the view point of Soul Midwives. We are non denominational, supporting all faiths and none.

In this session, the 4 stages of dying, we will look at the process of dying and what happens at each stage, what it can look like and how we can help.

This helps everybody we work with whether you are the patient, family, carer or other health care professional. We will look in-depth at what a person experiences and how best we can support them at each step. In todays society, we often see death as a clinical process but there is so much more to it, and us, than we realise. These aspects need ,and deserve, heartfelt care and attention. Having this understanding of death can better support someone on their dying journey, it can ease their fears, as well as our own, at such a difficult time.

This session encourages growth, understanding of self and provides a huge amount of knowledge and inspiration.

There will be an opportunity to share if you wish, ask questions to myself and each other and engage in a confidential, safe and loving space.

Vision Board your funeral - 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Very few of us have braved planning our closing party. Considering our demise can feel confronting and upsetting. Yet, considering our final wishes and informing our loved ones of how we desire to be honoured at our funeral will save them a lot of grief when the time comes…

This workshop is an opportunity to explore and design your funeral. A time to gain clarity and creatively express the kind of event that is a true reflection of you and your life.

Would you like loved ones to clap after your dear friend delivers a fabulous eulogy? How will they have chosen your ‘best bits’ or ‘highlights’?

What music would you like included? What is on your greatest hits list - how does it tell the story of your life?

Crying is usually the norm at funerals. How about laughter and smiling? Us Brits sometimes need a little bit of permission to let go.

And that’s before we’ve even considered whether you would like a traditional casket, natural wicker, or design your own coffin a la Coffin Club?

Perhaps you might like to be six feet under with your loved ones or ancestors, or maybe to go up in smoke and dance on the wind. Planning to be laid to rest under a tree might fill you with a deeper sense of peace or perhaps being infamous for your fierce independence you might prefer a direct cremation and make the final trip alone while loved ones feast in your honour and share their memories together.

At the close of the workshop you will have a vision board of how you desire to be remembered. More practically, a resource that includes your wishes and can be shared with loved ones who will help put your plans into action.

In true Dying for a Cuppa tradition, delicious cake and hot drinks are available. All creative materials, guides and resources are provided. Handouts will be available and certificates of attendance for the TLC module - the 4 stages of Dying. Completion of all 3 TLC modules can contribute to your journey on to becoming a Soul Midwife if that is your path going forward. All info about the soul midwife journey can be found at www.soulmidwives.co.uk

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