D2K4 Dying to Know 4
Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
Talks, stalls, food, workshops
All you ever needed to know about Dying and Death
Everyone welcome – bring the family!
‘Fear does not prevent death. It prevents Life’ Naguib Mahfouz
There is mystery and fear in Scotland around death and dying : perhaps it's one of western civilisation's last taboos. In many cases people are less prepared practically, emotionally or spiritually for death than they could be and this can cause difficulties for them and those close to them for years.
There are misconceptions around the practical aspects of death and illness which can cause difficulties for families. For example many people do not know that if they become ill or have an accident their "next of kin" does not automatically have legal power to make decisions about them, take them home from hospital or even to access their bank accounts. If they do not make a will their possessions may not automatically go to those people closest to them, even if they have lived together for many years.
Much fear and many difficulties can be removed by people making arrangements while they are well.
This event will be aimed at everyone of all ages - to dispel unhelpful myths and fears and offer practical information about arrangements that can be made for death and dying.
It will raise awareness of the need for Scotland to become a place where people can be open about death, dying and bereavement.
The event is being organised jointly by NHS Highland Community Development officer Kate MacLean, in association with Highlife Highland manager Fran Davidson It will include participation from a range of local businesses and organisations covering the practical, legal, emotional and medical aspects of preparations. There will be information stands, a programme of talks throughout the day, and activities to stimulate curiosity and start conversations.
Already confirmed speakers and stalls : Lisa Law, Solicitors for Older people on Wills and Powers of Attorney
Dellifure Countryside Burial, Humanist celebrant, Naturally Useful wicker coffins from Moray, Highland Hospice,
NHS chaplain, Ellie Wolf from Health and Happiness project, Jane Duncan Rogers, author of Gifted by Grief, children’s storyteller ‘Where’s Grandad?’, Loch Ness Clay Works, Loch Ness Mindfulness, HC Registrars, The Cinnamon Trust (pets), Befrienders Highland, Connecting Carers, CAB MacMillan
Refreshments will be available.
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