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Dying for Life organises events that offer information, art, ideas and conversation about dying and death which may well have an impact on the way we choose to live our lives.

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Things to do

when you're dead

Activities, art, games, interaction

Find out how to save seven people’s lives

Spend a year teaching medical students

Use your brain for scientific research

Tell archaeologists about your life

Spend time in a hand build barrow

Nurture a woodland

Become a gemstone

Inspire an artist

Post on social media

Leave a legacy… and more

Find out how - come to our free event. Also on the day will be...

Timed activities:

Behind the scenes tour of the crematorium      12pm, 2pm, 4pm  (booking opens April 2019 online) 

Join in “Gravestones and dry bones” board game from Cally Trench    1pm, 2pm

Workshop "From Selfies to Runes, how will we be remembered?"         3pm

DeathProv - Comedy Improvisation on death from Stealing the Show    4pm


Handle human bones

Try a cardboard coffin out for size

Play a giant game of "Operation"

Talk to forensic pathologist Dr Wendy Birch, winner of a death oscar!

Photos of wonderful complexity of human bones by Susan Elaine Jones

Try observational drawing of human bones with artist Lisa Temple-Cox

Talk to archaeologists about what they have learnt of previous Cambridge residents

Share your own stories for posterity with the Tracing Traditions Museum project


Displays and information from:

Woodland Wishes Natural Burial and Cremation Services

Sacred Stones Willow Row Barrow

Stained Glass Artist Annette Jackson

University of Cambridge  Human Anatomy Teaching Group

Cambridge Brain and Tissue bank at Addenbrookes' Hospital

Information on organ donation, and other after death options


Check out more things to find out about, and fun ways to talk about death

to your friends and family using these handy death wish donor cards!

A short video from That's Cambridge TV talking about the events

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This event is kindly sponsored by:



18th May 2019

Noon til 5pm


Cambridge City Crematorium

West Chapel
Huntingdon Rd access or A14 junction towards Dry Drayton, then follow signposts

Cambridge, CB3 0JJ

Getting here:

Follow postcode CB3 0JJ to the City Crematorium, access via Huntingdon Road and new access road from Cambridge, or take the A14 junction towards Dry Drayton, and turn left at the roundabout following signs to the Crematorium. Ample free parking.

Cycle 20 minutes / 5 miles out of Cambridge on Cycle Route 51 up Huntingdon Road

Catch Citi 5 Bus from Christ's College to Cambridge Crematorium, leave every 20 minutes

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