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.

    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)


    To book your place and to take advantage

    of the early-bird offer