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Speaking of Dying


Question: For what would 90 people leave their warm, comfortable homes and trek through dark, wet, windswept November streets?

Answer: An opportunity to talk with others about their own demise.

Death Café, in which groups of people meet over tea and cake to talk about death and what that means for life, is a secular movement that has been growing in popularity in the UK and around the world. It seems that growing numbers of people want to break the taboo around death.

Not wanting to be left out, and believing that the church might be a good place for this sort of conversation, Emmanuel extended an open invitation to anyone who wanted to come and spend an evening speaking of dying. Dr Andrew Goodhead from St Christopher’s Hospice facilitated the conversation. The death and resurrection of Jesus are at the heart of the Christian faith, yet we often find ourselves tongue-tied when it comes to talking openly about our own death and dying. We can be honest about the questions, fears and regrets we may carry, because we believe that nothing, not even death, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39)

Trevor Mapstone

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