Let’s Talk About Dying

Graham Robson May 7, 2021

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021, which runs from May 10 until 16, is a chance for partners, organisations, and individuals in Brighton & Hove to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement.

This year, organisations from across the city are holding online events for you to listen in, ask questions and hear more about this often undiscussed, but important topic.

  • Your Funeral, Your Choice on Tuesday, May 11 from 1–2.30pm. Online webinar exploring options for non-traditional funerals and memorial events led by four inspirational local speakers. Email for more information about the event.
  • A Good Place to Die: what does a place need to be, to be good? on Wednesday, May 12 from 10–11.30am. Time to Talk Befriending is holding a Zoom conversation around thoughts on what would make a place, a good place to die, and why. Email to book your place.
  • The Hop50+ Café is hosting these three Zoom events which are open to anyone aged 50+ who is interested in joining. To book your place, email

    Advanced Decision Living Will Conversation
    on Tuesday, May 11 at 1.30pm

    Desert Island Discs: What songs would you pick for your Funeral? on Tuesday, May 11 at 3pm

    Coffee & Conversation: What does ‘Being in a good place to die’mean to you? on Saturday, May 15 at 2pm
  • Conversations about End of Life: What’s important to you? on Wednesday, May 12 from 12–2pm. Healthwatch Brighton & Hove invites you to join a conversation to discuss the things you might want to consider when thinking about the end of life. Register your place by CLICKING HERE.
  • Dying at home on Thursday, May 13 at 6.30pm. Brighton & Sussex Medical School is hosting an online conversation with writer Fiona Mason, end of life doula Li Mills and palliative care consultant Dr Simone Ali as they share their experiences of living and working with someone close to death. Register online for this event, which is hosted by Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.
  • Martlets’ reflective space, daily throughout the week at 11.30am for 20mins. Martlets’ chaplain Nicholas Roddis and other local chaplaincies, will be offering daily reflections through Zoom video. Join them as they share their thoughts. No need to book. Links to community resources will also be provided for advice and support.
    • Fr. Christopher McDermott, lead chaplain, University of Sussex on Monday, May 10 at 11.30am. Join Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 944 4392 5043. Passcode: 289916.
    • Rev Nicholas Roddis, chaplain at Martlets Hospice at Tuesday, May 11 at 11.30am. Join Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 884 5088 1450. Passcode: Reflect.
    • Fr. Christopher McDermott, lead chaplain, University of Sussex, on Wednesday, May 12 at 11.30am. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 992 1816 3543. Passcode: 402448.
  • Death and Dying: a Martlets Conversation, June tbc. If you’ve got a question about any aspect of death and dying, please send it to The Martlets during Dying Matters Week and a Zoom panel discussion of your questions will be broadcast in June. Send your questions to Most events are open to all but some need to be booked in advance. More activities will be shared in the city throughout the week.