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& Talks

A big part of our mission is to educate people about their choices after death. We deliver regular myth-busting sessions to healthcare professionals and anyone who supports people facing death and bereavement. We also invite groups behind the scenes at Poppy’s to see what gentle, thoughtful care can look like.

Download more information about what we offer and how you can book a session for your group.

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Webinar: Funerals — Improving Support for the Bereaved
Thursday 7th December 2023 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Online panel event, held as part of Grief Awareness Week, including Poppy's CEO Clare Montagu.

Register in advance here.

Tooting library death café
Thursday 18th January 2024 10.30am – 12.00pm

Poppy and Tonie are glad to welcome you to Tooting Library for this Death Café. This will be an inclusive, informal and friendly opportunity to gather together to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death.

It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. This opportunity is for adults and not children.

You don't have to book, you can just show up, but if you'd like to register your interest in advance, please do sign up here.

NHS Merton Community Health Services (Dying Matters Week)
Wednesday 8th May 2024 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Talk and Q&A about death, dying and funeral care.

Past Events

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust: Training for GPs
Tuesday 21st November 2023 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Talk and Q&A about what happens after death and the GP's role.

Leading Beyond the Boundaries
Friday 17th November 2023 10.00am – 12.00pm

Talk from our Founder and Chair Poppy Mardall for staff from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthcare System.

Talking about death and dying
Monday 6th November 2023 7.00pm – 9.00pm

A conversation with Poppy Mardall and Revd June Boyce-Tillman at All Saints church, Brudenell Road, Tooting, London SW17 8DQ.

Bring your questions, experiences & your thoughts. All are welcome.

St Raphael's Wellbeing Centre: Talk and Q&A
Wednesday 1st November 2023 10.00am – 12.00pm

Talk and Q&A about death, dying and funeral care.

Making sense of death: a history through rituals
Friday 27th October 2023 4.00pm – 5.00pm

As part of Tooting Festival of the Dead, our founder Poppy Mardall explores some of the rituals humans have practised throughout history to try and make sense of death.

All welcome to free event at Woodfield Pavilion, 16A Abbotswood Rd, Tooting Common, London SW16 1AP.

Death Cafe at Tooting Library
Thursday 26th October 2023 10.30am – 12.00pm

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. It is a discussion group open to all, rather than a grief support or counselling session. Facilitated by Poppy Mardall and Tonie Greig. Adults only.

Just come along and join in at Tooting Library, 75 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9PD.

You can register your interest here or just come along on the day.

Poppy's Open Day
Thursday 26th October 2023 2.00pm – 5.00pm

All are welcome to our Open Day as part of Tooting Festival of the Dead.

Visit our beautiful, light-filled mortuary, hear from Poppy and the team about our approach to great death care and ask any questions.

There are two sessions: 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm. Book your free place and find out more here.

This event is especially helpful for people working in healthcare or end-of-life care.

Katherine Low Settlement - talk and Q&A
Monday 2nd October 2023 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Event on death, dying and funerals with local community organisation.

Buddhapadia Temple: Talk and Q&A
Sunday 1st October 2023

Talk and Q&A about death, dying and funeral care.

Embracing Death and Dying
Saturday 30th September 2023 10.00am – 5.00pm

We will be joining this annual event organised by the Kagyu Samye Dzong London (KSDL) Bardo Group. This Death and Dying Day is a place to share ideas, practical advice, and stories on death.

Find all the event details here.

Find out more about Tibetan Buddhist approaches to death.

Celebrant Circle: Training and Q&A
Tuesday 26th September 2023 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Training and Q&A for celebrants.

St George's Hospital talk and Q&A
Friday 1st September 2023 9.00am – 10.00am

Lecture and Q&A for medical students on talking about death, dying and funeral care.

Training and Q&A for carers
Wednesday 9th August 2023 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Training and Q&A for Bluebird Carers.

Dying Matters Awareness Week
Monday 8th May 2023 – Sunday 14th May 2023

Dying Matters Awareness Week is an opportunity for communities across the country to come together to talk about death, dying and grief..

We're offering talks and workshops for different organisations during the week, including:

St Raphael's Wellbeing Centre

Holy Trinity church, Wimbledon

Kings College Hospital

Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) conference session
Thursday 4th May 2023 11.30am – 1.00pm

Our founder, Poppy Mardall, will be speaking at the Centre for Death and Society online conference about 'Rethinking ‘disposal’: making meaning from our processes, rituals and bodies after death'.

Full info about the conference and how to book tickets.

Butterfly End of Life Care volunteers: Training session and Q&A
Monday 17th April 2023 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Training session for end of life care volunteers.

International Women's Day panel event
Saturday 11th March 2023 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Our founder, Poppy Mardall, joins a panel of amazing women to celebrate International Women's Day at this in-person event at Vestry Hall, 336 London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD.

The event is free and all are welcome. Find out more and book your ticket here.

Accompanied by tea, cake and live music.

Death Doulas UK: Training session and Q&A
Tuesday 7th March 2023 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Training session for death doulas.

Marie Curie Hampstead: GP education session
Wednesday 22nd February 2023 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Staff training and Q&A.

Maggie's at Royal Marsden Sutton: Staff talk
Monday 6th February 2023 9.00am – 10.00am

A talk and Q&A session for staff.