Brum YODO and Dying Matters Awareness Week
13 Apr 2021 by Stuart Ashmore
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So what is BrumYODO?
We’re a Community Interest Company made up of growing group of artists, undertakers, food artists, hospices, palliative care professionals and generally all-round interesting folk.
We believe that there is such a thing as a good death – but it will only happen if we, the people demand it. We will only demand it if we understand what we need to demand, and we will only understand it if we talk about it.
Our Vision is a society which talks openly and honestly about death
We believe talking openly about death helps us prepare for dying and loss. We design and create safe spaces for conversations through collaboration, and deliver life-enhancing public events.
In 2017 we created a new Birmingham-based festival as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week called “A Matter of Life and Death” – everything you wanted to know about death and dying but were afraid to ask. Which has run annually with a diverse programme including panel talks and debates, films, creative workshops, performances, exhibitions, and other arts activities.
During 2020 because of Covid we switched to online provision spreading out our events throughout the year and in Spring 2021 we are returning with a mixed menu of online events and In Memoriam in Aston Hall combined with ‘Without Walls’ community engagement programme.