ASSOCIATION OF BLACK HUMANISTS – 5th May 2022
We only die once – so why can’t we talk about it?
Why is it that people are even less comfortable talking about death than they are discussing notoriously difficult subjects such as politics, religion and immigration?
First question, for first breakout session (15 mins):
Your name (if you wish), and what made you want to come today
Back in full session (c15 mins)
Reporting back on thoughts, questions or reflections?
Questions for second breakout session (30 mins) – two questions per group: but feel free to discuss other topics…
- Did your family talk about death when you were growing up, were you allowed to attend funerals as a child etc?
- What is your experience of death? Has that raised questions or issues for you?
- Death can be the elephant in the room, the thing no one wants to talk about. Have you experienced that? Why do people feel that?
- What is a ‘good death’? How can we as individuals and a society help people to have a good death?
- Should we prepare for death? If so, how?
- What are funerals for? Who are they for? Families often do want to know what their loved one’s wishes for their funeral were, even though the person won’t be there… something about making the send-off appropriate to the person…
Back in full session (c30mins)
Final section (c15mins) – TM explains about DNRs, Advance Decisions, Lasting Powers of Attorney