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The art of coping with death

'We have to go through all these things and all have to face it eventually one day - we have to start speaking about it'

21 May, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Lilith’s image: the model wears black but the bright umbrella could represent her celebrating the life of the person’s grave she is visiting

TWO students are having their photographs displayed in an exhibition designed to get people to speak more openly about death.

Amel, 17, and Lilith, 18, are students at City and Islington College and have both struggled to cope with bereavement.

They said they wanted to “bring this topic into light” and to use the arts as a way of breaking taboos that can leave people feeling isolated and alone.

Amel said: “A lot of people suffer and then cannot talk about these issues, which is pretty sad. We have to go through all these things and all have to face it eventually one day. We have to start speaking about it.”

“I got the inspiration from Bunhill cemetery” said Lilith. “I just think it’s a great time of year because everything is blooming and it’s springtime and I just loved how everything looked so beautiful there, even though it was a graveyard”.

The events are part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week organised by Hospice UK and Age UK Islington. Throughout the week events and activities are being held and up and down the country to raise awareness about “end of life issues”.

Andy Murphy, chief executive of Age UK Islington, said: “Communities need to come together and talk openly to help each other deal with dying and loss.”

A public “Death Café” event is being held in the Almeida Theatre, off Upper Street, on May 24. For more details contact deathcafe@

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