Taboo busting – film festival puts death and dying in the spotlight

Breaking down the taboos that surround the discussion of death, dying, grief and sadness is the focus of a series of film shows being staged by St Michaels Hospice next month

The Dying matters Film Festival will form part on an awareness week organised by  Dying Matters and its coalition members to get across the message that it is important to talk about dying, death and bereavement and to put those subjects firmly on the national agenda.

This year to mark the awareness campaign, St Michael’s Hospice is hoping as many people as possible will get involved with its film festival, entrance to the three separate events they have planned is free.

downloadThe festival will kick off at The Bell, in Ticehurst for a free screening of Manchester by the Sea on Tuesday May 14th at 7pm. The film will be followed by an informal question and answer session hosted by the Hospice, to give those in the audience a chance to discuss the film and to highlight the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement.

The festival will then make its way to the Rye Kino for the children’s screening of Big Hero 6, on Sunday May 19th at 4pm. After the film, the Hospice will hand out thinking cards for children to take home, enabling them to reflect on the film with their friends and family and discuss the issues surrounding coping with grief and sadness.

The film festival will continue at the Rye Kino for an evening screening of What We Did On Our Holiday, and once again the Hospice will hold an informal Q&A following the film.

  • For more information and to book your free tickets visit
  • Or Visit the Dying Matters website

The St Michael’s Hospice Dying Matters: Film Festival is very kindly sponsored by Gannon and Sons Funeral Directors.

About Dying Matters

Screen Shot 2019-04-08 at 14.56.50Dying Matters has more than 13,000 members, and is actively enlisting those who are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around death and dying. Joining is free, and its members include community groups, healthcare bodies, private individuals and groups representing a range of faiths.

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