Events

Events

Chris Larner’s ‘An Instinct for Kindness’

13 May 2014 19:30 - 22:30

In November 2010, Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic. He came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.

Suitable for 14+ only.

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A one man show telling the true story of Chris Larner’s journey to Dignitas, the assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, with his chronically ill ex-wife. This moving bittersweet show reflects on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the journey.  Chris explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical considerations of the contentious issues of assisted dying.

 

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Chris Larner himself for those who want to stay afterwards and discuss the topics raised.

 

Reviews:

 

 “A wonderfully subtle and deceptively understated performance…. This is story-telling of a very high order” (The Times)

 

“Intensely moving, at times overwhelming… Larner relates it all with a clear-eyed, occasionally funny, occasionally horrifying lack of sentimentality.” (The Independent)

 

Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, Monkgate YO31 7PB

 

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Suitable for 14+ Only.

Telephone: 01904 323041

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Price: Admission £10, Concessions £8

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Planning an Alternative Funeral

13 May 2014 14:00 - 17:00

Come and be amazed at what you needn’t do and what you can do.

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Chris Dudzinska, and daughter Catherine, run an alternative and ethical funeral business,

Their approach is rather different from that of other funeral services providers in that no packages are offered. Instead they offer a wide choice of coffins – from woollen to wicker, celebrants, venues, transport, flowers and delicious food (all to suit most pockets), including DIY guidance and support. Chris will talk about issues involved in planning funerals, including the pre-planning service, which ensures the funeral you want, leaving families in no doubt about your wishes.www.lastwishesfunerals.co.uk

 

Others participating will include:

  • Ann Twynham will be on hand to demonstrate that flowers need not cost a fortune and can be arranged in such a way that you’d happily take them home afterwards. See choices at www.lastwishesfunerals.co.uk
  • Martin Nathanael is an Interfaith minister and will field questions about different celebrants and services.  www.interfaithfoundation.org
  • Helen Butterworth, representing Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council green burial site, will be available to answer queries about green burials.  www.rufforthwithknapton-pc.gov.uk/id2.html
  • There will also be a shroud on display, courtesy of Respect Woodland Green Burial Parks.  Website: www.respectgb.co.uk

 

There will be tea and delicious cakes for free!

 

Friargate Quaker Meeting House 

 

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Telephone: 01653 627 170

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Email: enquiries@lastwishesfunerals.co.uk

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A Good Death?

13 May 2014 14:00 - 16:00

What shapes our ideas about what a ‘good death’ looks like? What meaning does the concept of a good death have in a morally and religiously plural society?

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The panel will explore how the concept of a good death has developed through history, using insights from literature and music as well as from personal experience, and ask whether we can still hope to find any common understanding today.
Led by the chaplaincy team at the University of York which includes:
Revd. Dr. Rowan Williams, Anglican chaplain to the University of York, has a background in healthcare and a particular interest in palliative care.

Fr. Tony Lester, Roman Catholic chaplain to the University and Provincial Superior of the English Carmelite friars. He regularly offers spiritual care in York Hospital and York Hospice.

Revd. Rory Dalgliesh is a South African Methodist minister with a background in youthwork. He was involved with the Truth and Reconciliation process and is currently Methodist chaplain to the University.

Ged Walsh is Ecumenical Assistant Chaplain to the University and a member of the Chaplaincy team at York Hospital. He trained as a radiographer in Birmingham.

James Black is a final year History undergraduate whose dissertation focuses on death in the medieval period

Venue:  Research Centre for the Social Sciences

Price: Free

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Sociology of Death Symposium

14 May 2014 14:00 - 15:15

A fascinating and eclectic mix of short sociological talks about death and dying presented by researchers in the Sociology Department at the University of York

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Each talk is 10 minutes and is followed by a five-minute period for questions and discussion. The talks we have include:

 

Violent Death on the Internet: Inside the murder box, Rowland Atkinson

A discussion of how internet and video-gaming technologies create virtually experienced torture, execution and killing so that horror becomes a carnival for the affluent.  This talk discusses the wider social implications.

 

Consuming Criminal Corpses: Fascination with the dead criminal body, RuthPenfold-Mounce

Up until the late nineteenth century, the public execution of criminals drew large crowds, and fascination with the criminal corpse continues to fuel tourism and the pursuit of souvenirs.  This talk explores how fascination with criminal corpses is a gruesome part of contemporary consumer culture.

 

Refusing a “Living Death”:  Families of coma patients and advance decisions to refuse treatment,  Celia Kitzinger

Based on interviews with more than 50 family members of people who are kept alive in long term ‘comas’ (vegetative or minimally conscious states), this talk explores end-of-life choices from the perspective of people who have seen what can happen.  A large number of these people (ten times the national average) have written advance decisions to refuse life-prolonging treatment.

 

Doing being dead: On the performance of spirit contact in contemporary mediumship.   Robin Wooffitt

Based on analysis of video and audio recordings, and ethnographic observation, this talk examines some of the social practices through which spirits are ‘brought into being’ in stage demonstrations of mediumship. Specifically it examines how the language of mediumship facilitates audience engagement.

 

Death, Dying and the City in Noir: Literature and cinema,  Gareth Millington

Film noir and noir literature are famous for their existentialist treatment of murder and death. Beginning with its roots in ‘hard-boiled’ fiction, noir is responsible for helping to fashion the fatalistic view that living is absurd and death is without meaning. Yet noir is uncharacteristically sentimental, perhaps even nostalgic, when in comes to the city. This talk will argue that a recurrent theme in noir is mourning for the lost city, either the centripetal, centred city of the pre-war era or the pre-gentrification city evoked in contemporary noir.

 

Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York

 

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Dying to Live: Preparing Yourself and Your Loved Ones for Death

14 May 2014 10:00 - 11:00

A talk by the Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood (Chancellor of York Minster) & Rev’d Dr David Efird (Philosophy Dept, University of York) about the spirituality of dying.

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In this talk, we consider the spirituality of dying, our own and our loved ones’. In order to live fully, we maintain, we have to learn how to die and to accept the death of those we love. Dying is then a vital part of living and of loving.

 

Friargate Quaker Meeting House in the Penn Room

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Death Café (no 3)

14 May 2014 11:00 - 13:00

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:   Hazel Rowntree is a trained Soul Midwife and Palliative Care Counsellor. She works with people as they explore their feelings and thoughts around their own mortality. This includes listening to others working through their bereavement, loss and facing the end of life.  As a Soul Midwife she supports others in planning as good a death as possible, and sits alongside them on their journey. Chris Dudzinska runs an alternative and ethical funeral business, Last Wishes Funerals www.lastwishesfunerals.co.uk

 

Friargate Quaker Meeting House in the Library

Price: FREE

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