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Palace Green Library Events

We need to talk about death

26th September 2018, 18:00 to 20:00, Palace Green Library

18:00 - 20:00

Join us for an evening of conversation with a diverse panel of speakers where we will discuss and debate questions on the topic of death. Free but booking required


In 21st century Britain, death can be a difficult topic to discuss. To a large extent the process of death, and subsequent care of the deceased, is hidden and sanitised by modern practice. A family member remaining in the family home to be washed and mourned by relatives until the time of burial is, by many, considered archaic despite it being common place in homes within living memory. Is this very modern ‘hands off’ approach healthy for humans? Does it help or hinder our relationship with death and how we process the loss of loved ones? How do different cultures and communities approach death?

Join us for an evening of conversation with a diverse panel of speakers, from a bioarchaeologist to a funeral director, where we will discuss and debate these and many other questions all on the topic of death.


Whilst tickets for this event is free, please ensure that you have booked a place to avoid disappointment as places are limted.

Contact pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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