Death and dementia – the last taboos? – Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall

Sue Ryder do some fantastic work in palliative care.

When they invited me to help run a Death Café at Thorpe Hall I jumped at the chance. The last one went so well we have another coming up. We wont only be talking about death but also about dementia.

This may sound gloomy stuff but at its heart, its all about life. In the words of Mary Oliver ‘that wild and precious life.’ You may have dementia, you might be dying, but you are still living and its important to get the most from what life you have.

You are invited to join the discussion on
Monday, September 16th
7pm to 9pm
The Great Hall, Thorpe Hall Hospice, Thorpe Road
Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LW

Why life, death and dementia?
Many of us find it difficult to talk about death and dementia, they are taboo subjects. All of us have one certainty in life – that one day we will die. Many of us will face dementia before that day and, even more of us will have a relative affected by dementia. Wouldn’t it be great if you could talk about this in an informative, friendly and supportive atmosphere over a nice piece of cake and a cup of tea?

What is the Death Café?
Death Cafés are the opportunity for people to come together in a relaxed setting to take part in a facilitated discussion about life and death, drink tea (or coffee) and eat delicious cake. Stated simply, the idea of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Death Cafes:
Are not for profit, with expenses covered through donations

    – Take place in an accessible, respectful and confidential space, free of discrimination, where people can express views safely
    – Have no intention of leading participants towards any particular conclusion, product or course of action

Do let us know if you’re coming so we can make sure there’s enough cake!

For more details email Maggie Fay (Practice Educator) at