FREE Virtual Living Library by Dying Matters in Essex

How can we begin to understand each other, if we do not make the space to talk to each other?

About this Event

Join us this Saturday 18th July to find some space to talk at this free virtual living library.

Just like a real library, a living library is a chance for you (the Reader) to borrow “a Book” to find out about a certain topic, only in this case the books are real people, with real life experiences for you to find out about! 

The Living Library is a tool that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination in a warm, inclusive and welcoming space. It enables participants to challenge their own stereotypes and prejudices in a structured, protected environment, and in a limited time.

We want to challenge readers to feel less frightened of having conversations about death, dying and bereavement by chatting to our human books – and hopefully their stories will show that there is nothing to be afraid of when talking to someone about their experience death, dying and bereavement.

At this Living Library event, the “books” are people with experiences regarding death, dying and bereavement. “Readers” can choose from a selection of “titles/blurbs” and then “borrow” them for 30 minutes. They then “read” the “book” by having a one to one conversation where they can (respectfully) ask questions. The Library will be hosted online where readers will be invited to a breakout room to meet their ‘book’ in real life.

We have 4 time slots (11:00, 12:30, 14:30 & 16:00) available for you to spend some time “reading” our books. Simply select the book you’d like to read and the time you’d like to read them and we will arrange the rest for you!




“Veronica works as a Carers First Service Manager and will be volunteering her time to share what she has learned over the years about strategies for carers to manage conversations with those they look after about death/dying/bereavement and how carers can manage /access support for their own feelings on this topic.”


“Emma is a marketing professional who specialises in working with charities and community groups. You can ask Emma about outliving her previous life expectancy, writing her first will, and how working for Farleigh Hospice lead to a stark realisation about the importance of talking openly about death and dying.”


“Rabin will express how his experiences shaped his view of death and what he learned from the experience to shape who he is now. His experience is of with a number of deaths (including suicide, murder and a natural death) at a young age and within a short space of time.”


“John has experienced death in various ways from quite a young age. As an only child, he was orphaned while still at school and in the space of 24 hours went from having a normal family life to having to arrange a funeral and suddenly take care of all day-to-day things (shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting) while continuing at school.Over the years bereavement has continued to touch his life as various friends and family members have died including through suicide and accident. As a result, he takes a practical view that death is part of life and he doesn’t shy away from talking about it and/or planning for it. Notwithstanding that, he doesn’t underestimate the emotional impact and shock whether a death is expected (due to a terminal illness) or sudden (as a result of suicide/accident). He has witnessed how the impact and shock of bereavement can have lasting, significant effects on those left behind.He has no formal training and is keen to stress he is not an expert but willing to share his experiences and views.”

Do You Need Somebody to Listen?

Being stuck at home alone for long periods of time can be draining and demotivating. Feeling isolated can cause fear, anxiety, depression and have a negative impact on your health. Our support team are here to listen and direct you to the help you need at this difficult time.

Call our Support Line now on 01206 368420 option 2

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