Requiem 26.2.15

After Christmas Death came to the Hill, and with its inseparable partner life, provoked soul searching conversation, reminiscences, reaffirmation and Bender.

The walls of the Hill Station transformed to black and Death was introduced by artist and calligrapher, A Dee, in golden characters. Appreciate the zen-esque impression and draw inspiration from the steady hand and line.

BEFORE I DIE… Calligraphy from A. DEE on Vimeo.


Life was abundant on the Before I Die Wall:

‘Before I die I want to Live with passion… dress up, meet crazy wonderful people + do strange things’






Hundreds of posts were made onto the wall they can all be viewed on the Bold Words1 Facebook site:

Also on the site are contributions, images, poems, cartoons and video clips.

Two events were held alongside the wall and the Facebook activities.

Death Café; where 19 people attended on a suitably cold and grey blowy evening in February.requiem2  They came for many reasons:

“I have always been interested in death”

“I had a moment of apprehension when I was about 11 when I realised that Death was inevitable….”

“I discovered my father dead in bed….”

“I am a Buddhist and we see our life as a droplet of water from the sea that returns to the sea when we die”

We all had a story to tell.  Hopes and fears were shared.

“I have not heard such deep and openly shared discussion in a group ever”

The Final fling was a small celebration by those who had been involved and a few others who showed up to celebrate Death’s passing.  We shared stories, poems and the Facebook highlights.  The best contribution of the evening won a prize.  Bridget McKenzie shared her Death By Chocolate* prize for singing and playing 2 beautiful songs reflecting her reminiscences: ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ and ‘Sweet Old World’

Bridget shared her cake and with Bold Words we said good bye to Death on the Hill.

*Cake from Jacqui at Hill Station

Death Cafe Feb 19

It is the magnificent enigma, the will-o’-the-wisp, the awesome unknown.

It is Death.

Bold Words, led by Compassionate Funerals, provides us with a chance to explore our feelings, impressions and understanding of death.

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The Before I Die…. Wall

Artist Candy Chang created the first Before I Die… wall. We would like you to consider life through the perspective of death. We would like you

to finish the sentence with your aspirations.

Death Café 6-8pm Thurs 19th Feb

At a Death Café people, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping

people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

A Death Café is a facilitated discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. Register your interest on the Facebook page, at or with staff at Hill Station

Bold Words Facebook Page

Throughout the event you can post your images, words, poems and thoughts to the Bold Words Facebook page:

Or on Twitter @BoldWords1

The Final Fling 6.30pm Thurs 26th Feb

The Final Fling will be an event at the end of February where we bring together the Bold Words and Bold Images and affirm our commitment to

our lives and to each other.

Bold Words is presented by Bold Vision

Sponsor: Compassionate Funerals 0208 616 4240

Bold Words 15 Jan – 28 Feb

Bold Words is a set of events and art installations to awaken our personal relationship with death, dying and bereavement. The event is organised by Bold Vision aiming to allow us to explore life’s inevitable journey and begin to make sense of death through the power of visual, written and spoken art, without preconception or boundaries.

Sponsored by Compassionate Funerals and Co-operative  Funeralcare

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