The Death Conversation

The Death Conversation is about discussing and sharing anything and everything relating to the topics of death and dying. We recognise that death has become a taboo subject and yet it is the Great Equaliser and a Universal Truth. We can learn to lead fuller, happier lives if we join the conversation.

The Death Conversation questions norms relating to things you may not have thought about such as:

Dying at home

Being in control

Natural burial

Caring for people through death and beyond

What constitutes a good death?

Grief and grieving

The team

Here are some of the most amazing organisations we've come across which are working towards empowering and educating people when it comes to death:

The Good Funeral Guide

The Natural Death Centre

Dying Matters

The Order of the Good Death

Join the conversation

If you’re interested in the Death Conversation, tune in by following these social media pages and hashtags:

There so much out there relating to this vast and varied topic. If you come across anything that interests you please share on our Facebook page.

Death in Brighton

There is plenty going on a local level too.

East Sussex Death Cafés are well-attended interesting events - you never quite now who you'll meet. They are popping up all over the place. We have attended lovely ones in Lewes and Brighton, you can find out more details on Facebook. Death café is a successful global organisation - there might already be one near one - if there isn't then you can start your very own. Find out how here.

Tora and Sooxanne Rolfe curated a 'Death In Brighton' event at the Spiegletent as part of last year's Brighton Festival. The performances, participatory rituals and talks will be repeated - watch this space! Find out more here

Tora and The Modern Funeral also collaborate with Cara and the team at Arka Original Funerals to bring you Brighton Death Festival - an umbrella organisation that exists to help get the conversation a little louder.

This year as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week and Brighton Fringe we organised a daytime festival event in the grounds of the Extra-Mural Chapel and Cemetery. There was a performance about death rituals cheekily titled 'Crème de la Crem', and tours of the crematorium - behind the theatre, into the operation of the place. The gorgeous tomb trail setting provided space to show practical funeral options - alternative hearses, coffin making and decorating displays, good coffee and food stalls, many photo opportunities, and quiet spaces for discussion. There was a thoughtful ritual for loved ones lost followed by a dove release. Musicians, singers, and craftsmen show-cased their funeral-related talents. 

Keep an eye on our future events by following the Brighton Death Festival Facebook page. 

Further reading

If you have any bright ideas about how we can get people talking about death - exhibitions, talks, performances - just let us know if we can help in any way.

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