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York academics in Dead Good Festival

Posted on 9 May 2018

University of York academics are taking part in a series of mostly-free talks, workshops, walks and performances exploring dying, death and bereavement.

The festival aims to encourage people to be more open about death

The York Dead Good festival, which takes place from 14-20 May 2018, is part of a network of events across the UK in celebration of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, from the Department of Sociology at the University of York, will give a talk on the secrets of a successful posthumous celebrity career and Carol Robinson, also from the Department of Sociology, will give a talk on the growing number of prisoners dying of natural causes behind bars.


Dr Penfold-Mounce said: “This event challenges the idea that death is taboo – death is everywhere and all the time and it’s vital we get talking about it”.

Other events include a ghost walk, a workshop on how to make funerals more personal and meaningful, and a discussion about supporting children through bereavement. 


Coordinated by St Leonard’s Hospice in partnership with local people and business owners, the festival aims to encourage people to be more open about death and offers advice and support for planning ahead and bereavement.

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