Academics from the University of Glasgow have teamed up with Age Scotland to hold an evening of conversation about death and dying in a Castle Douglas café to mark Death Awareness Week. Although a death café is not a support group, information will be available for anyone who would like to seek professional advice on issues such as how to write a will or an advance directive. Iain Howie, Regional Ambassador for Age Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Death should no longer be regarded as a taboo subject. Death is inevitable for all of us, but reluctance to discuss the issue can lead to unnecessary distress and confusion regarding end of life care and funeral wishes. Death cafes provide an ideal setting for individuals to learn what choices are available in a casual, informative setting.” “Death cafés are increasing in popularity and we are helping different venues and groups to organise them in the Dumfries and Galloway area. It’s a chance for people to come together and talk about any issue they wish, relating to death and dying.” The Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, based at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus, is investigating the rise in popularity of death cafés. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project Global Interventions at the End of Life. Death cafés are believed to have started in 2004, when Swiss sociologist, Bernard Crettaz, hosted “Cafés mortels” and included them in a book about his research. In England, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs in parallel with the Scottish event. Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. “We are delighted to have the support of the Designs café, which is a lovely venue.” Death Awareness week runs from 9-15 May, 2016, organised in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief which is an alliance of organisations and individuals that want to work together to raise public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and to promote community involvement in death, dying and bereavement. This year’s theme is ‘it takes a village’, celebrating all the people who have ever come together to care for a dying person. Death is a subject which many people find difficult to talk about, and this rare event offers local people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe and relaxing environment. He added: “In my experience, death cafés are very rewarding. You get to tell your stories and express your opinions and experiences about a matter that affects us all, something which we don’t often get to do in our normal social circles. There are always some laughs too. Professor David Clark, founder of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, said “We are delighted to be working with Age Scotland, Designs Café and local organisers to hold this death café in Castle Douglas during Death Awareness Week. The team will not be carrying out any research at this event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn The event is free and open to all, and will be held at the Designs café in Castle Douglas. It runs from 7-9pm on May 9.
Share NewsSports Australia beat Windies to win series by: Associated Free Press – December 29, 2015 59 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Australian bowler Mitch Marsh (C) celebrates with teammates after dismissing West Indies batsman Denesh Ramdin (L) on the fourth day of the second cricket Test in Melbourne on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP)MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) – Australia swept aside the West Indies for a 177-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday to take the series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.After winning the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs, the Australians dismissed the Caribbean tourists for 282 late on the fourth day.Australia declared their second innings on their overnight score of 179 for three with a 459-run lead, and grabbed three wickets in the middle session.With a fifth day still open, the tourists were 146 for four at tea at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Despite a 100-run stand for the sixth wicket between skipper Jason Holder and former captain Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies lost their remaining four wickets quickly to be all out 1.3 overs before the scheduled finish.Holder went for 68 off 86 balls, while Ramdin chipped in with 59 off 90 in his best Test score for two years.Spinner Nathan Lyon was named man of the match with seven match wickets while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh finished with four for 61 in the second innings.The final Test of the three-Test series will start in Sydney on Sunday.
Photo © Stephen Gleeson JD Devaney scored the winning goal for Our Lady’s yesterday mirroring a last minute goal he scored for Borris last Sunday.After yesterday’s Harty Cup win Our Lady’s Templemore now face St Flannan’s of Ennis in the semi final on the weekend of January 26th.Both will also line out with Borrisoleigh on the 19th in the club All Ireland final.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after yesterday’s victory Our Lady’s manager Noelie Fogarty said the duo were exceptional. Borrisoleigh hurling duo Kevin Maher and JD Devaney have been lauded for their efforts this January by Our Lady’s Templemore manager Noelie Fogarty.Both former Tipp minor hurlers made a massive contribution to Our Lady’s one point victory over Thurles CBS in yesterday’s Harty Cup quarter final.Kevin Maher lined out at centre back for his school after playing for Borrisoleigh last Sunday in the All Ireland club semi final.
As the curtain comes down on the SBF Petroleum/Cricket Guyana Incorporated Jaguars 50-over Franchise League, two teams remain in contention for the title but defending champions, Essequibo, already has one hand on the trophy ahead of today’s final round. After six rounds, Essequibo are on 25 points, trailed closely by Lower Corentyne with 20 points.West Demerara and West Berbice are locked on 19 points each while Upper Corentyne and East Bank Demerara have 14 points. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 5