The COVID-19 crisis has prompted us all to think a bit more about death and what it means for us. It’s also given an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.
But it’s crucial we don’t feel alone with these thoughts. As a trusted space in the community, libraries can help support people to have conversations around loss, grief and legacy. Please scroll to the end of the page for our Death Positive Library events.
The Death Positive Library is part of a larger project called Love After Death: Tickets for the Afterlife which is a collaborative research project between Redbridge, Kirklees and Newcastle Libraries and Northumbria University. This 18 month project will explore the concept of Death Positive Libraries using libraries as safe and trusted spaces to start supportive conversations about death, dying and loss. If you’d like to find out more, visit our dedicated Facebook page and Instagram page too.
Tickets for the Afterlife
Join us for an interactive experience at Redbridge Central Library from Wednesday 27 October to Friday 19 November.
Explore a range of choices for what to do with your body, memories and legacies that span the past, present, future of death and dying. The installation is part of our collaborative award-winning Death Positive Libraries project. It will also be available at Newcastle City Library and Kirklees Libraries during the same period and online.
Please be aware that Tickets for the Afterlife introduces a wide range of death practices that some people may find uncomfortable. We do not recommend the experience for children unless parents are confident that they can sensitively support this exploration.
Date and time: Wednesday 27 October-Friday 19 November, during library opening hours
Location: Redbridge Central Library
Price/Booking: Free. No need to book, just turn up
Visit the Tickets to the Afterlife website to take part in the online quiz.
We have put together a wider book list around the topic which you can view below. Please be aware that not all of these titles will be available as eBooks through Redbridge Libraries.
Support websites for death, dying and bereavement can also be found below.
Current NHS bereavement support packs are also included:
- How to prepare for the death of a friend or relative: helps understand what to expect when someone is near the end of their life, provides tips on practical care and information on where to go for further support.
- What to do if a friend or relative dies: provides practical advice on areas such as arranging a funeral, looking after an individual’s personal affairs and caring for their pets.
- Where to go for bereavement support: includes contact details of local, national and specialist organisations to reach out to for support at any stage of the grieving process.
Funded by the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation through Engaging Libraries Phase 2 programme.