Sheringham

Let’s talk about death

Just Regional
Apr 17, 2024 3 mins read

A new cuppa-and-chat session at a seaside theatre is set to tackle a taboo subject that everyone faces but usually avoids speaking about: death.

Sheringham Little Theatre is the latest in a growing number of venues holding a Death Café, in the hope of breaking down fears and helping people deal with the only certainty in life other than taxes.

It is a chance for relaxed, open, non-judgmental chat about death and dying – and the importance of making the most of our finite lives.

Organiser Teresa Verney said: “Let’s break the taboo surrounding conversations about death and dying, and make it a life-affirming experience.

“We can share our thoughts. We can talk about the practicalities of making plans for our own or our loved-one’s death and a myriad of other things that come to mind as soon as we begin.”

Teresa is well known as a local community singing teacher, with a weekly Sing for Joy group at East Runton, but has had a full life with varied careers ranging from being a spinner and weaver, a social worker and a psychotherapist, to being a professional classical oboe player and a teacher.

“I’ve always had an interest in life and death, and for many years have loosely followed a Buddhist way, which regards death as not an end but part of the life process,” said Teresa, who stressed that the café was not a place for grief counselling but more a place to chat about the inevitable over a cuppa and a piece of cake.

“When my mother died three years ago she went peacefully, regarding death as her ‘next great adventure’.”

Teresa Verney

Teresa discovered the Death Café movement about 10 years ago.

There are now more than 17,000 cafés in 89 countries and it has been something she has been wanting to bring to her home town for a while but has only recently found time to organise it.

“Having conversations about death is a really healthy thing to do,” she said.

Teresa will lead the session, before encouraging people to break into smaller groups to talk.

“Come with an open mind, and a light heart. I promise that it won’t be doom and gloom,” she added.

An initial session is being run on Wednesday, May 1, from 2pm until 3pm in the theatre’s Hub coffee bar.

Teresa hopes that future meetings will happen every two or three months.

 

t For more information about the Sheringham group, contact Teresa at teresaverney1@gmail.com

To learn more about the Death Café movement, visit deathcafe.com

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