The theme of this year's Dying Matters Week was 'What Can You Do in Your Community?' It's a question we ask to challenge people to think about ways they can help the people in their lives to talk more openly about death and dying, and make plans for the end of life. Most Dying Matters events are structured with this goal in mind, but they will vary hugely depending on the community they take place in.
Our guests this week are the organisers of one of the larger events in Dying Matters Week - the Pushing Up Daisies festival. Sue Robinson, Hannah Merriman, and Mary Clear are are all practicing death doulas: "lay experts" committed to accompanying those coming to the end of life, and their families. They started Pushing Up Daisies to help their community have more positive experiences talking about death and dying.
Theme music is by Bernadette Ryan.
Find out more about Pushing Up Daisies: www.pushingupdaisies.org
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