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Mourning and grief through time: from the Stone Age to the Victorians

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Wednesday 11 May 2022, 6.00PM to 7:00pm

Speaker(s): Academics from the Department of Archaeology will explore mourning and grief across ancient, medieval and modern history.

This event is being held as part of York's Dead Good Festival, 3rd-15th May 2022. 

When it comes to conversations about death, it always seems too early until it’s too late. As a society, we’re not particularly good at talking about these things. York’s Dead Good Festival takes place each year in May, to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week, with the aim of encouraging people to be more open about dying, death and bereavement. The festival will encourage people to express themselves in different ways, whilst giving advice and support on a number of practical matters. Join us for events throughout York including performances, informative talks, crafts, discussions, and more, many of which are free.  

We want the people of York and surrounding areas to buck the trend and take their own lives, their own end of lives, and the end of the lives of loved ones into their own hands. It can be uncomfortable, painful, and even scary, but it’s also important – and it can be invigorating doing it together in the open.

Location: York University, Heslington, 1st floor, Piazza Building, Room PZA/106

Admission: The event is free to attend, booking available soon via the York Dead Good festival website: