Leeds Dying Matters Week | 2-6 May 2022

Every year in May, Dying Matters Leeds host an Awareness Week, which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the local agenda. This year’s theme is #InAGoodPlace when you die.

The Dying Matters Leeds Partnership is a co-ordinated citywide campaign to open the conversation with local communities in Leeds about death, dying and loss and to enable people to plan for the last years of their life. For the third time Dying Matters Leeds opened a Community Grant Fund for groups across the city to apply for up to £200 to hold an event during Dying Matters Week; this year’s events are rescheduled from 2020, when planned events could not take place. Leeds Bereavement Forum has administrated the grants on behalf of the Dying Matters Leeds Partnership.

Keep in touch

Dying Matters Awareness Week will be promoted across social media with relevant messages and information links using hashtags #DyingMattersLDS22 and #InAGoodPlace.

2022 Leeds Events*

Wednesday 4 May

Event | Ellie Harrison at the Keep on Carrying on Cafe
Time | 1pm
Location | Bramley Lawn, Rossfield, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3RU
Organisation | Bramley Elderly Action and Owls (Older Wiser Local Seniors)
More Information | 0113 236 1644

Local artist Ellie Harrison, from The Grief Series, will be delivering a workshop around supporting older people who have lost loved ones during the pandemic and have had to cope with their grief whilst being isolated. The workshop will take place within Bramley Elderly Action’s fortnightly drop in café which aims to create a friendly space for peer to peer support around bereavement.

Event | Living with Loss Matters
Time | 1.30pm–3.30pm
Location | Café Yoga, Back Lane, Horsforth LS18 4RF
Organisation | MHA Communities Horsforth
More Information | horsforth@mha.org.uk, 0113 259 1511 or text 07999 179388

After informal introductions they will have a  gentle stroll with people in Horsforth Hall Park meeting at the Fink Hill entrance. Time for chat and reflection, approximately 45 minutes. Across the road is Café Yoga which has an events room, which is a comfortable quiet space and refreshments. They will continue the conversations and perhaps pick up new ones sat down with a cuppa. They will have staff and volunteers available for both the walk and inside the Café. They anticipate this part will last approximately an hour.

Thursday 5 May

Event | #InAGoodPlace to die
Time | 10am – 3pm
Location | Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7HY
Organisation | Dying Matters Leeds Partnership
More Information | agefriendly@leeds.gov.uk

Listen to a New Orleans Jazz Band, find out about wills, estate planning, lasting powers of attorney and end of life planning, decorate a coffin, sing along with a gospel choir and visit one of many information stalls.

Event | Dying Matters – Dying to be Heard
Time | 10.30am-1pm
Location | 57 Cranmer Bank, Leeds LS17 5JD
Organisation | MaeCare – Moor Allerton Elderly Care
More Informationinfo@maecare.org.uk or 0113 266 0371

An opportunity for older people to get information and advice about planning for death and dying in a relaxed informal setting. Solicitors will offer a ‘Q & A’ session on Lasting Power of Attorney, Making a Will and Living Wills and we’ll look at ways of starting conversations with family and friends about ‘Last Wishes’.

Friday 6 May

Event | Dying Matters Presentation
Time | 2pm
Location | Swillington Village Hall, Church Lane, Leeds LS26 8DX
Organisation | Swillington Elderberries
More Information | Jacqui Smith on 07752 904274

Swillington Elderberries has secured a representative from St Gemma’s Hospice to come and talk about end of life care/the hospice movement and their outreach services.

Event | Music and Memories
Time | 4-6pm
Location | Maggie’s Yorkshire, Alma Street, Harehills, LS9 7BE
Organisation | The Swan Song Project
More Information | www.swansongproject.co.uk or ben@swansongproject.co.uk
The Swan Song Project is hosting a Music and Memories session at Maggie’s Yorkshire in Leeds, as part of Dying Matters Week 2022. Music and Memories sessions are a chance to share a special song and precious memories with others. Simply request what song you would like, the group will listen to it together and you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts or memories associated with it.  Book your place on Eventbrite.

*Please note: All details correct at time of going to print. Please check with organisers to confirm.

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