The Final Party: Dying Matters Festival

Celebrating life while acknowledging death

The Final Party project is aimed at sparking conversation and discussion about life and death, death and dying through a series of interactive events that help us celebrate life but at the same time remove fear and barriers around the subject of death.

Funded through the Engaging Libraries Programme, administered by Carnegie & Wellcome Trusts.


Talking about death isn't going to bring it any closer - so why do we avoid the subject? Pop into the library and talk about what end of life care is and where you can get information about what you can expect and ways you can plan for your future care.

Fullwell Cross Library

Thursday 26 April, 10am to 1pm

Redbridge Central Library

Tuesday 1 May, 1pm to 4pm


Is there something you're not saying? What have you left unsaid?

The death of someone we know or the end of a relationship can put us in a position where our words remain forever unspoken. Or it can be that we're simply unable to say what we need to say the most to someone who is still around.

#Unsaid is a project from #lifedeathwhatever encouraging everyone to share the words that have been left unsaid. The installation will be touring Redbridge Libraries throughout May. Add to it with your own message.


Join us in a relaxed setting to drink tea/coffee and eat cake whilst discussing anything you want to in relation to death and dying, life and living.

The Travelling Light Death Café is a safe, confidential and supportive space to talk or just to listen - friendly, informative and intimate. This is not a grief support or counselling and is not suitable for anyone recently bereaved.

Travelling Light Death Cafés are offered in partnership with Compassionate Funerals following the Death Café model.

Redbridge Central Library

Friday 18 May, 6pm to 8pm

Free. For more information or to book a place please go to the Death Café website or call 020 8708 2414


These workshops will be facilitated by Sarah Weller using her knowledge as a Soul Midwife and her skills from going around the medicine wheel with Spirit of the Inca and her therapeutic sound practitioner training with The British Academy of Sound Therapy.

Calling in the Great Spirit - the work of the East Direction of the Medicine Wheel

An interactive exploration of the rituals and ceremony for the clearing and release of the luminous energy body at the end of life and following death.

Date and time: Saturday 5 May, 11am to 1pm

Venue: Wanstead Library

Price and booking: Free, book via Eventbrite  or take your chance and turn up on the day


Gongs, bowls, oils and colours - energy work at the end of life

Exploring the holistic, spiritual support offered at the end of life with a Soul Midwife and the place for therapeutic sound in ceremony and grief work.

Date and time: Sunday 6 May, 11am to 1pm

Venue: Wanstead Library

Price and booking: Free, book via Eventbrite  or take your chance and turn up on the day


Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award winning burial ground owner.
Her unique insights and experiences have created this highly original and beautifully cathartic show.

Funny, wise and taboo busting; Outside The Box confronts the ‘Elephant in the room’ with grace and humour, asking its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life, with a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry (from one who knows!).

Date and time: Friday 11 May, 7.30pm

Venue: Wanstead Library

Price and booking: Free, book via Eventbrite or take your chance and turn up on the day


Explore how different cultures approach life and death! Learn how to make a day of the dead Offrenda and how to animate it. If you wish to, you can also contribute to a discussion about planning your own final party. 

Facilitated by Salmagundi Films

Date and time: Tuesday 15 May

Session one - 10.30am to 1pm

Session two - 2pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Price and booking: Free, book via Eventbrite or take your chance and turn up on the day

You are welcome to attend both workshops


Love does not end when someone dies. Love evolves and takes on new forms, living on through technology, through the earth cradling our bodies and the memories, which we keep in our hearts and on our devices.

Explore your own legacy with experts in the field of death and bereavement. They will help you chart the myriad of choices in the future showing how death can be approached as creative affirmation - of love and loss. By considering your own mortality and what you would like to happen to your body and legacy, our experts will help guide you in setting up your own Legacy Document, detailing the future of your body and extending your presence beyond death.

Love After Death - has been created by Stacey Pitsillides with the support of University of Greenwich (Creative Professions and Digital Art) and Nesta.

Date and venue: Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May

Redbridge Central Library, Foyer area

Time: Pods will be open from 10am to 5pm

15 minute consultancy sessions available. Appointments will be on a first come first served basis on the day.

Price: Free entry


Burial, cremation, being eaten by vultures, being dissolved in lime: what are the good and bad things about the options for dealing with our bodies after death? Is cremation less 'green' that burial? Does that matter? This interactive workshop will help you decide what will be best for you and take a little bit of the fear out of contemplating our endings. 

Sophie Churcholl is the founder of The Corpse Project. It asks 'How can we lay our bodies to rest in ways that help the living and the earth?' and provides information impartially on the choices.

Sophie has been interested in good dying as a help to living well for a long time. She now works in agriculture. In 2011 she was awarded an OBR for services to the environment.

This workshop will not show any images of dead bodies but it may not be suitable for someone in bereavement or feeling particularly vulnerable about their own death.

Date and time: Tuesday 22 May, 7pm

Venue: Wanstead Library

Price: Free, book via Eventbrite or take your chance and turn up on the day


For more information

If you would like more information on any of the events taking place during our Dying Matters Festival please contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or email

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