UK Bhakti Gatherings


The Elephant In The Room

Invite you to

"Living With Dying"

9th February 2019. 10.00 - 20.00

This is a one-day event in the heart of Gloucestershire

Matara Centre, Kingscote Park, Nr Tetbury,

Gloucestershire, GL8 8YA

facilitated by Kiera L Jones and Jim Fox

After the initial arrival, registration and introduction,
we will begin the day by talking about

The Elephant In The Room,

in a café style setting with cake (please bring some cake to share) and chai.

Each table, of about 10 people, will have the opportunity to share their experiences, their perceptions of what a good death might be, their plans (or lack of plans) for the end of life, their fears or beliefs, organ donation etc.
To help get the ball rolling each table will have a selection of talking-point cards with suggested topics or questions to discuss. This will be a totally safe space, with no judgement or criticism, no dogmatism – just love and support.

After a short break, Kiera will then present a session on preparing a Death Plan and Advance Directive. You will be provided with a booklet, which you can take home with you, in which you can record such things as:

Any treatments that you do, or do not, want to
receive in order to prolong life.
Your preferences and plans for a
funeral/celebration of your life.
Financial information.
The manner in which you would prefer to die.
Where you would wish to die, and who you would
like with you.
Practical information to make it less stressful
for friends and relations to sort things out after your death, such as accessing passwords for bank accounts, Facebook pages and other online information.

A light lunch will be shared, (please bring along something vegetarian to be shared amongst the gathering) and hopefully the conversations will continue as you eat.
Lunch will be followed by a practical session and questions and answers, which will be followed by a presentation by Kiera, on the work of Skanda Vale Hospice.

All the proceeds from the day will go towards supporting the work of


We also plan on having a short talk on bereavement during the afternoon session.

A vegetarian meal will then be served followed by an hour or so of Kirtan chanting, for those who wish to stay and take part,
focusing on the energies of Ganesh and Kali
to remove, and destroy, whatever obstacles we may be facing regarding the
subject of death and dying, and giving
thanks for the lives that we have and the abundance we share.

any families wishing to bring their children along, a programme of activities
will take place during the day and evening to keep them occupied and

the facilitators:

Kiera and Jim are organisers of

The Elephant In The Room

events around the country, aimed at encouraging people to talk about End of Life matters.

Kiera is the Deputy Clinical Lead nurse at Skanda Vale Hospice and has been working with Palliative Care patients for over 16 years. She is also a qualified Soul Midwife and both Kiera and Jim have trained as Death Midwives.

Jim is an author, inspirational speaker and musician, and will be leading the evening Kirtan celebration with Tabla Tom

Cost of tickets is £50 for the day, (£35 concessions for unwaged) which includes a booklet and both lunch and dinner.

Be sure to book your place now by clicking on the link below.

Programme for the day

10.00 – 10.30 - Arrivals

10.30 – 11.00 – Introductory talk - Kiera

11.00 – 12.15 – Conversations and Chai

12.15-12.30 – Comfort break

12.30-13.00 – Introduction to the
Death Plan and What Now booklet

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 – Practical Session - compiling a Death Plan, Questions and Answers

15.15 – 15.30 – Tea/comfort break

15.30-16.00 - Presentation on Skanda
Vale Hospice in Wales (proceeds from this event will be supporting
this wonderful organisation)

16.00-16.30 – Bereavement/Grief

16.30 – 17.00 - Meditation on Death and Dying

17.15-18.15 - Dinner

18.15-19.45 - Kirtan Chanting



ONLY £37.50 (Full Price £50)

Concession Price for unwaged £30 (normally £35)