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With Death in Mind | Workshop | Loretta Dunn

1 June.10:00 am-2:00 pm

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One event on 4 May, 2024 at 10:00 am

One event on 2 March, 2024 at 10:00 am

One event on 1 June, 2024 at 10:00 am

1st Saturday* | £30pp| 10am – 2pm | In-Centre

*March, May, June

Following on from our popular Death Café events, the New Year will see the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre offering a series of workshops around the subject of death. These insightful and practical sessions will be offered one Saturday a month over a four month period from 10am – 2pm.

There is nothing quite like death to get us thinking about how to make the best of our finite lives. In many cases, it is not until we are confronted with bad news about our health that we even begin to contemplate the impermanence of life.

Our new series of workshops will use reflective writing, meditation, discussion and film to go on a journey to the centre of ourselves to confront the reality of our mortality in a progressive way. When we are willing to take responsibility for our life, we can make peace with death. We will consider what may be important to us at the end of life and explore whether we are heading in the right direction to achieve it in the present moment.

This will be a safe environment for sharing and exploring a deeper understanding of spiritual wellbeing for living well to die well.

The central aim of these workshops is for the participants to become comfortable with talking about death, their own as well as their experiences of the death of someone close. We will look at how preparing for our own death is liberating and encourages us to live life to the full.

Attendees will gain information on the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical aspects of death and dying. They will also gain insights into their own life journey with the use of self-reflection tools transforming the fear of death into a new philosophy of living deeply to die well.

Participants will have the opportunity to follow all four sessions or to choose an individual class, as the subjects also work well as stand alone topics. 

The workshops dates and subjects are:

  • Saturday 3rd February – Making sense of life and death
  • Saturday 2nd March – Living fully, dying consciously
  • Saturday 4th May – Lessons from near death experiences
  • Saturday 1st June – Death and spirituality

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joan frew at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

Loretta Dunn is a Life Celebrant with a special interest in living well and dying well. Her journey so far, has included a long career in nursing and midwifery. She is a member of The Institute For The Study Of Birth, Breath and Death.

As a Life Celebrant she has had considerable experience working with families and individuals during one of the most difficult periods in their lives, the loss of a loved one. Loretta has also had the privilege of being present at the beginning of life, as a midwife, and the end of life as a death doula.


1 June
10:00 am-2:00 pm
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