Life.Death. Whatever. is an initiative to redesign the dialogue around death and dying, to open it up and to find new approaches to this important subject.
We’re Anna Lyons, an end-of-life doula, and Louise Winter, a progressive funeral director, and together we’re the team behind Life. Death. Whatever. Our joint mission is to redesign the dialogue around death and dying, to open it up and to find new approaches to this important subject. We believe that death is a normal part of life and dying is part of living. Acknowledging and accepting that one day we will die is fundamental to living a full life. It's as simple and as complicated as that.
Life. Death. Whatever. is many things. It began life as a ground-breaking festival, which ran in partnership with the National Trust; it developed into an international community of eclectic people from many different disciplines (artists, writers, funeral professionals, hospice and hospital workers, counsellors, medical staff and interested members of the public) who are united in a commitment to doing death differently; it’s also an approach that influences our individual work - a forward-thinking, educational, honest, approachable, transparent, bold and brave way of addressing the inevitable. Because death is going to happen to us all, and we believe that how we handle that fact matters enormously.
Our first book, We All Know How This Ends, will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2021.