Compassionate Sheffield builds on what death means to being a human

At the Millowers Arms in Kelham Island, support group Compassionate Sheffield tackles the philosophical understanding of death.

The Dying Matters session spreads creative and collaborative ways of believing that death matters to our generation today. 

Rosie Carnall, 53, the facilitator of the event said: “It is a special thing to be alive, that we can only really know how special life is if we are present in the fact that it is going to end.” 

A book by Paul Koudounaris, Memento Mori, was used in the session and believed to symbolise the beautiful things in life inevitably comes to an end.

Memento Mori, which is symbolised through the skull, is surrounded by a flower and a crown which acts as a reminder that even beautiful and powerful things come to an end.

Lily Elbra, 49, who volunteers for Compassionate Sheffield said: “We’re just trying to open up the conversation around death and being compassionate to each other in the hopes that it helps people feel more satisfied in life”.

Members of the session shared their values and their takes on it impacting the younger generation today.

Dave Brown, 59, a retired IT professional said: “It’s thinking about death that makes you feel alive”.

Many members had opposing views to Mr Brown, by choice they chose to live their adolescent lives in fear of death.

Gergely Buday, 51, a teacher assistant said: “I had a young mate who died in an accident, one was in a bicycle accident, especially young people should not take life too easy and they must not think that it is obvious they survive anything.”

The subject of the younger generation feeling invincible was argued for and against during the session.

Clare Nash, 57, a hospital pharmacist said: “I also lost a friend who was in an accident and I still felt invincible because I think that’s how you feel as a young person and you take risks. But I wouldn’t want someone in their 20’s to not feel like that because it is a great feeling.”

Compassionate Sheffield teaches the smallest acts of kindness and compassion that make the biggest difference.

If you would like to get involved with Compassionate Sheffield get in touch with Nick Deayton on 07851 240523.

Written by Isobelle Castro

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