Events

Events

Waterstones Book Displays

11 May 2014 8:00 - 18:00

Sunday 11th May 2014 – Saturday 17th May 2014

 

Visit Waterstones bookshop in its new location in Coney Street to browse a dedicated display of books about death and dying – including books written by Festival presenters. This display will be present throughout the festival so pop in anytime you’re in York during the week to take a look.

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Venue: Waterstones Bookshop, 15 – 17 Coney Street York YO1 9QL

 

No Booking Needed.

Price: FREE

Memorials in the Minster

12 May 2014 19:00 - 20:30

Discover a wide range of memorials in the Minster from across the centuries:  including the tomb of Archbishop Walter de Gray who raised the funding for the gothic Minster we see today.

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Also, the Minster’s only ‘cadavour’ tomb and memorials to men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.

 

York Minster

 

Booking needed:

Online: www.yorkminster.org

Box Office: 01904 557208 (Open Monday – Friday. 9:00am – 4.30pm)

In person: Welcome desks in York Minster (Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 4.30pm)

Price: £5

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Gifting the Body after Death

12 May 2014 17:30 - 19:15

Organ transplants: saving lives, money and misery – a personal experience,  GrahamBrushett (Donor Transplant Education Group).

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Graham will talk about his journey into and out of a double organ transplant. He examines how the UK is offering more bereaved families the option of organ donation today, but he highlights how we still need to work harder to save lives.

Graham spends his time organising a programme of presentations to explain the importance of donation and transplants to students in sixth form colleges, universities and hospitals.  He is a lay member of the UK Donation Committee and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Whole Body Donation, Isabelle Heyerdahl-King (University of Sheffield) Isabelle will be discussing the process and importance of dissection, osteology and whole body donation to science.  She will describe how her own views and feelings about mortality and death have been affected by her work in this area.

Light refreshments will be served between 7.15pm and 8pm for discussion after the talks.

 

Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York

 

Booking needed:

Telephone: 01904 323041

Email: info@beforeidiefestival.co.uk

Price: FREE

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Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

12 May 2014 20:00 - 22:00

Legalising assisted dying is a contentious issue.

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Some people believe that this would provide safeguarded choice for terminally ill adults, and prevent prolonged suffering for those people who want to have a choice over when and how they die.  Others believe that legalizing assisted dying puts vulnerable people at risk of being pressured into agreeing to their own deaths, and undermines the value and importance of good palliative care at the end of life.   Leading experts – including those with family and/or professional experience of assisted dying and end-of-life care – will present short position statements reflecting their considered views about whether or not assisted dying should be legalized.

There will be plenty of time for questions to the panel and for discussion with audience members.  (Note that light refreshments are available from 7.15pm before the talks.)

 

Panelists

Ray Tallisis Patron of Dignity in Dying and Chair of Health Care Professionals for Assisted Dying (HPAD).  Ray is a past Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford 1988-2006 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Kevin Yuill researches and teaches American history and contemporary issues in American society at the University of Sunderland. His most recent book, Assisted suicide: The liberal, humanist case against legalization, will appear in paperback in September of this year. He has published on the issue of assisted suicide in the New York Times, the Spectator and spiked.

Lesley Close is co-editor (with Jo Cartwright) of Assisted Dying: Who makes the final Decision.  She dedicates the book to all those who have travelled to Dignitas to be given help to die, including her late brother, John Close.  Lesley’s chapter describes her brother’s life and death, explaining her commitment to changing the law to permit assisted dying in the UK.

Dr Bill Hulme is a consultant in Palliative Medicine in York, working both at St Leonards Hospice and York District Hospital.  He has been involved in the care of patients facing life-limiting illness for 10 years and has a special interest in extending care to more patients who do not have a cancer diagnosis.

 

Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York

 

Booking Needed:

Telephone: 01904 323041

Email: info@beforeidiefestival.co.uk

Price: FREE

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Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney (No. 1)

12 May 2014 10:30 - 11:30

Come and have tea & cakes with the specialists from Trust Inheritance providing information and free advice on Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Find out how you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the future.

 

Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York

 

No Booking Needed.

Price: FREE

Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney (No. 2)

12 May 2014 12:30 - 13:30

Come and have tea & cakes with the specialists from Trust Inheritance providing information and free advice on Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Find out how you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the future.

 

Friargate Quaker Meeting House in the Library

 

No Booking Needed.

Price: FREE

Death Cafe (No. 1)

12 May 2014 14:00 - 16:00

This death café is an opportunity to discuss thoughts, attitudes and questions about death and dying in a welcoming and open environment with free cakes and drinks provided.

As an affiliate of the global Death Cafe movement that encourages society to talk about death over tea and cake: www.deathcafe.com

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It is not a support group, therapy or counselling. There is no agenda, and we are not here to promote any particular view. We are just happy to discuss all aspects of death.

Facilitators: Bryony Beresford and Fiona Aspinal are researchers based at the University of York. Fiona’s work has focused on quality of services of the end of life, including support for friends and family.  Bryony has researched families’ views and experiences of planning for end of life within the context of chronic illness.

 

Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Library

Price: FREE

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