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We will be presenting and showcasing some of our work at Dying Matters launch event on Monday. The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park London. The full agenda can be found below:


  • 9.30 Registration and refreshments
  • 10.30 Chair’s introduction
  • Tony Bonser, NCPC Trustee
  • 10.45 Overview of Dying Matters Awareness Week and launch of 2016 resources
  • Claire Henry MBE, Chief Executive, NCPC & Dying Matters
  • 11.05 Practical tips for getting people to take action during
  • Awareness Week – Chaired by Gary Rycroft, Chair of Dying Matters and Solicitor
  • Supporting and protecting vulnerable people when planning ahead
  • Martyn James, Head of Media, Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Why financial planning is so important
  • Sarah Pennells, Personal finance journalist and author
  • Planning for your care and support and what to discuss with health professionals
  • Di Laverty, Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, St Joseph’s Hospice
  • Funeral planning and engaging with funeral directors
  • Fran Glover and Carrie Weekes, A Natural Undertaking
  • Digital legacy
  • James Norris, DeadSocial
  • 12.05 Break and refreshments
  • 12.25 The Big Conversation with Dying Matters members
  • Interactive networking session – opportunity for Dying Matters Members to get ideas and
  • share tips with each other on Awareness Week plans & activities
  • 13.20 Lunch
  • 14.20 The Big Conversation during Dying Matters Awareness Week
  • Taking the Big Conversation to the high street
  • Maggie Fay, Practice Educator at LOROS hospice in Leicester
  • Katy Harrison, End of Life Care Facilitator, Peterborough Community Services
  • Having a Big Conversation online and on social media
  • Sarah Stone, Website Editor and Social Media Manager, Dying Matters Coalition
  • Getting your local community to engage in a Big Conversation
  • Rachel Zammit, Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership
  • Running your own death café
  • Jon Underwood, Founder, Death Cafe
  • Engaging with people who have been bereaved
  • Jane Harris, Therapist, a filmmaker, a bereaved parent and Member of Dying Matters/
  • NCPC People in Partnership Group
  • 15.20 Chair’s concluding remarks
  • 15.30 Close


We will be taking inspiration from the Digital Legacy Conference, our pop-up shops, the Digital Death Survey 2014 & 2015, the Liv-Inforgraphic, David Bowie and a whole lot more. The event is now sold out so follow @DyingMatters and @DeadSocial on Twitter for updates.

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