A free awareness training session delivered by St Elizabeth Hospice, covering life, loss and bereavement.

Being able to talk with and comfort people who are experiencing end of life, loss or bereavement can be a daunting prospect – but it needn't be that way.

It is aimed at helping people build the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations around end of life, loss and bereavement, whilst identifying ways to help and support others.

What does the session cover?

  • Breaking down taboos and myths about death and dying
  • Thinking about how we can have compassionate conversations
  • How taking the time to lend a helping hand or a friendly ear can make a difference
  • Identifying support services available for those experiencing end of life, loss and bereavement.

Compassionate Communities Programme
In 2024, Britten Pears Arts is exploring the theme of Compassionate Communities in relation to end of life, grief and loss across all strands of our activity. Loss touches us all at some point in our lives.

Working closely with St Elizabeth Hospice, we are planning a series of activities and music programming to help build compassionate communities. The aim of this movement is to acknowledge the major but under-recognised, the least spoken about, and the often-overlooked human experiences in all communities of serious illness, ageing, dying, caregiving and loss. We are exploring this through music programming, community work, heritage and archive, volunteering, training, environment, and visual arts.

We recognise that music plays a vital role in processing grief and loss, and a medium through which we can give voice to expressions of loss. Our wider activity and unique environment can also lend itself to creative and healing experiences.

General booking opens Saturday 25 November at 10am.

Advance booking for members begins on Tuesday 7 November. Find out how becoming a member both supports our work and enables you to enjoy priority booking.