News and support

Let's talk about death and dying

Research by Dying Matters shows that most people in the UK feel scared to talk about death. The Death Positive Libraries project works to create an open culture where people are more comfortable talking about death, dying and grief and can support others who are grieving.

Our libraries are safe and trusted spaces, with compassionate staff and volunteers who are well placed to bring people together to share stories, signpost to partner organisations and specialist support.

We use books and event and work closely with writers, artists, communities, organisations, end-of-life specialists and academics to develop creative ways of bringing people together, so they feel supported, listened to and able to talk about death, dying and grief.

Books and support

The Reading Agency have a guide of books to help people understand and cope with grief as well as signpost to resources and organisations. Reading Well: Resources .

There are recommendations for adults, young people and children.

Curated eBook collection

Our staff and volunteers have curated a collection of eBooks about death, dying and grief. There are fiction and non-fictions books as well as books to share with children. Kirklees Overdrive: Death positive libraries collection .

Book list

Working with colleagues in Redbridge and Newcastle libraries we have compiled a wider book list which you can view below. This list contains academic titles which reflect the current work of specialist research in the area of Death Studies. View our Death Positive Libraries: Book list 1.

Support with death, dying and bereavement

Deaths, funerals and memorials.

Life that has been voices

We held an event in Dewsbury Library as part of Dying Matters Week (May 2023). The Kirkwood supported the event where we promoted books and resources and created a safe space for people to share their thoughts and memories of people close to them who have died. Some shared personal stories and some read favourite poems or extracts from books. Sound artist Duncan Chapman (from the Manasamitra art organisation) captured the voices of participants and created this soundscape.

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