Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care: Update

The 5th Annual Death on the Fringe lecture series comes to Edinburgh next month.

The lecture series is hosted by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief in association with Just Festival.

Book your tickets here. Read on for more information about this year's thought-provoking line-up.

The surprising history of the Scottish Funeral

An exploration of the history of the Scottish funeral reveals that, far from being a timeless ritual, it has constantly undergone many significant and surprising changes that have made it very different from the funeral ritual in other parts of Britain. Many eye-opening facts will be explained in this talk.

Eddie Small is a lecturer at Dundee University. He has twice won the Stephen Fry award for public engagement, and was voted the 2016 Inspirational Teaching Award winner by the University’s student body.

He is a writer, a historian, and a stakeholder group member of Good Life Good Death Good Grief.

St John's Episcopal Church, 6pm, 9 August 2018. More information and tickets available here: weblink.

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A day in the life of a Funeral Director

Awdri Doyle runs a family-owned company providing funeral services in Galashiels.

Growing up in a house of funeral directors, she was no stranger to death at the dinner table conversations.

Now with over fourteen years experience herself, she will be explaining and demystifying what goes on in this often misunderstood career.

Find out how the deceased are looked after, how the bereaved are cared for and what the highs and lows are of a life spent dealing with this sensitive issue we all must face.

St John's Episcopal Church, 6pm, 16 August 2018. More information and tickets available here: weblink.

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Companions at the End of Life: the work of a Death Doula

Death doulas support dying people and their families practically, emotionally and spiritually, to help them have the best possible quality of life right up to the end, and then to have the best death they can.

As a private client solicitor for over 20 years, Hilary helped clients plan for the ends of their lives via Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives. Now, as an end-of-life doula, she helps people living with life limiting illness to take back control of their deaths.

The mortality rate in Scotland remains at 100%. Hear how end-of-life doulas help to make death better.

St John's Episcopal Church, 6pm, 23 August 2018. More information and tickets available here: weblink.

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Death on the Fringe shows

The lecture series is one part of the wider Death on the Fringe festival, which curates shows from across the wider Fringe into a death-themed programme of events.

People’s experiences of death and grief are personal and wide-ranging – Death on the Fringe embraces artistic endeavours which promote exploration and discussion of these subjects, neither endorsing nor censoring the views put forward within performances.

For a full list of Death on the Fringe shows and to book tickets, check-out the Death on the Fringe website.

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