Behind the Scenes at the Crematorium

16 May 2014 16:00 - 16:45

Have you ever wondered what happens in a crematorium? Take a trip to York’s local crematorium and learn more about the process to maybe put your mind at ease? Decide if its the right route for you or a loved one? Or just learn more about the process.

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Now is your chance to go behind the scenes and find out. Start off in the chapel, and then view the crematory and the cremation process.  There will also be a tour of the grounds and sites of memorialisation.


Venue: York Crematorium, Bishopsthorpe York YO23 2QD


Limited to 10 places so book quickly.


Booking Needed:

Telephone: 01904 552071 or 01904 552070

Price: FREE

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The Graveyard, Coffin & Plague Tour – Yorkwalk

16 May 2014 10:30 - 12:30

We are pleased to advise you that YorkWalk, a long established York company, is running its  Graveyard, Coffin & Plague Tour to coincide with the Before I Die Festival.  This is an externally organized event.

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Visit the hidden city of the dead; sample Roman and Mediaeval coffins, visit plague sites and see gruesome graveyards. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Walks last between 1.5 and 2 hours. They start at the Museum Gardens Gates on Museum Street, just North of Lendal Bridge right next to the Park& Ride stop from Rawcliffe Bar.


Meet at the Museum Gardens Gates on Museum St just north of Lendal Bridge


No booking but payment on arrival.

Any queries please telephone: 01904 622303 

Price: £6 adults, £5 students, Yorkcard, YHA

Expert Panel on Advance Decisions (ADs) for End-Of-Life Planning

16 May 2014 17:30 - 19:30

Do you know what medical treatments you would want to refuse if you lost the ability to make your own choices (e.g. because you were in a vegetative state after a car crash)?

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  • How can you help someone who says they wouldn’t want to be resuscitated but would prefer to die peacefully at home?  What can you do to be sure they won’t be rushed into hospital or kept alive on machines?
  • What does the law say about when advance decisions are legally binding?
  • Can you be an organ donor if you refuse life-prolonging treatment?
  • What are the practical challenges and the ethical debates?


Eight very short (7 minute) talks and a 40 minute Q&A on Advance Decisions from an interdisciplinary team of expert scholars and practitioners who will answer your questions.


Panel Members:


Celia Kitzinger, Co-Director of the York-Cardiff Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, University of York

Verena Hewat, End of Life Rights Project Coordinator, Compassion in Dying

Sue Wilkinson, Telephone Helplines Research Unit, Loughborough University

Robert Cole, Head of Clinical Practice, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

David Worth, retired Consultant Physician, York Hospital

Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation

Jenny Kitzinger , Co-Director of the York-Cardiff Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, Cardiff University

Penney Lewis, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London


Venue: Berrick Saul  Lecture Room, University of York.


Booking Needed:

Telephone: 01904 323041


Price: FREE

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Advance Decision Clinics

17 May 2014 individual appointments available, 10:00 - 13:00

Do you want to write your own advance decision? Not sure how to start or how to do it?

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Not to worry, we have information and help with writing Advance Decisions available on a one-to-one basis with members of the panel associated with the charity, Compassion in Dying. Each session is unique to the individual and you will have plenty of time and space to ask questions and work out what’s right for you.


Book a 30 minute slot with an advisor now.


Venue: Friargate Quaker Meeting House


Booking Needed:

A sign-up sheet is available at the Panel session on Friday 16th May or sign up online now.



Price: Free

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Healing Clinic Open Day

17 May 2014 11:00 - 15:00

To coincide with the Before I Die Festival the Healing Clinic has prepared a few hours of relaxation and caring in a friendly and informative environment.

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This is an external event.  Several of the Healing Clinic practitioners will be hosting an Open Day in.  Drop by and they will be happy to answer any of your therapy-related questions or give you a mini (15 minute) treatment that could be either Reiki, Hand Reflexology, Facial Massage, Neck and Shoulder Massage or Indian Head Massage. Upon arrival, ask to be put on the waiting list and enjoy a cup of tea while relaxing.


Chris Dudzinska from Last Wishes Funerals will also be available to answer any questions about Funeral Planning.


Venue: Briar House Resources (next to The Healing Clinic) in Club Chambers, Museum 



Booking not required, please contact 01904 679868 for more information


Price: FREE

Real People Theatre presents DEMENTIA & ME

17 May 2014 14:30 - 16:00

Dementia has become the new taboo subject after cancer. The question is “How are we going to cope with it?”

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People are finding ways of living with dementia to the best of their ability day by day and it’s this practicality, resourcefulness and creativity that we need to tap into within ourselves.

Through sharing the inner thoughts and feelings of a mother and daughter at three stages of the dementia journey, Real People Theatre will explore ways of coping and invite audience reflection and discussion.



Wheelchair accessible. Parking in the Fishergate Primary School carpark. Bus Nos. 4, 7, 26, 27, 35, 36, 42, 44, 415, 426, 422


Venue: Melbourne Centre, Escrick Street, Fishergate, York YO10 4AW


Booking required, pay at the door. Includes refreshments after the show, tea and biscuits.


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Telephone: 01904 488870.

Price: £3

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Songs of Farewell

17 May 2014 19:30

2014 is the centenary commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, and the Ebor Singers mark this with a performance of Parry’s Songs of Farwell, completed in 1918 shortly before his own death and the end of the war.

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Germany and France are also represented in this programme, Max Reger’s somber Nachtleid and Maurice Ravel’s sparkling Trois Chansons.  These pieces are set alongside more recent responses to war and loss, Philip Moore’s Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals.


Venue: Chapter House of York Minster


Booking Needed:


Box office:  01904 557208


Price: £12

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