Why Bournemouth?

A former doctor used to say that people retired to Bournemouth to die, but with advancing years and fading memories they eventually forgot why they had come.

One journalist suggested that the town’s trademark pine trees had a chemical in them, which worked as an anaesthetic, dulling any initiative or desire for change.

But Bournemouth is a beautiful town on the South Coast of England, with a breathtaking coastline of sandy beaches.

It’s two-hours from London on the train or in the car. It has it’s own airport, it’s also a 40 minute train journey from Southampton Airport Parkway.

It has a mixture of a very old population and a very young population.

The old population means that the town has lots of busy funeral directors.

The younger population, dominated by students from the two universities and the many language schools, fuel the town’s hedonistic night life.

It has a surf reef, and the Boscombe area is known for it’s creativity and urban edge.

The area is the 12-step capital of Britain.

You can go to a meeting morning, noon or night on any day of the week because it’s one of the most popular places to come to go into rehab. This dates back to its C19th reputation as a health spa.

It has stunningly beautiful cemetery.

Why not rage against the dying of the summer sunlight, and spend a weekend in the UK’s most vibrant seaside resort?

Speakers | The Joy of Death Festival – Bournemouth UK

Speakers
Rupert and Claire Callender

Funeral Directors
Simon Smith

Funeral Director
Jane Morell

greenfuse
David Twiston Davies

Former Daily Telegraph Chief Obituary Writer
Wendii Miller

Campaigner
Pam Trott

Independent Funeral Celebrant
Charles Cowling

Author of The Good Funeral Guide
Kristie West

Grief Specialist
Barbara Chalmers

Final Fling
Sarah Murray

Author of Making an Exit
Dominic Druce

Confessions of a graver

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Ghost Tour of Bournemouth Town Hall
September 2nd, 2012

Bournemouth Town Hall by Graffity

Michael Stead, from Bournemouth Libraries, will lead a ghost tour of Bournemouth Town Hall on Saturday 8 September 2012, as part of the Joy of Death Festival.

The tour is free to anyone who wishes to go along.

The Town Hall started off life as a hotel, the Mont Dore, which opened in 1885. This lasted until the First World War, when the hotel was used as a hospital, for Indian and British soldiers. Later it became a convalescent home. In 1919 the Council bought it to turn it into the Town Hall. Since the demolition of the Grand Hall to make way for the 1990 extension, there have been few sightings of ghosts, although odd noises and presences still persist.

Reducing stories to their common denominators, there are several basic themes: patrolling soldiers; incorporeal nurses; unseen presences, and an assortment of rooftop suicides.

You need to gather at the entrance of the Town Hall on Bourne Avenue at 3.30pm. Call 07545 232980 if you wish to register.

Tickets | The Joy of Death Festival – Bournemouth UK

Tickets

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Guests will begin arriving on Friday morning – please join us at the Arlington Arts Cafe for a pre-conference warm-up.
Friday 7 September 2012, 6.30 for 7pm
Good Funeral Guide Awards Ceremony

Come along to the UK’s first industry awards ceremony voted for by the general public.

The reception will take place in the prestigious Green House Hotel on Bournemouth East Cliff.
Tickets £30 includes a buffet, and a glass of champagne courtesy of GreenAcres Woodland Burials.

You’ll be able to see prizes awarded in the following categories.

Most Promising New Funeral Director
Embalmer of the Year
The Eternal Slumber Award for Coffin Supplier of the Year
Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death in the Media (TV, Film, Newspaper, Magazine or Online)
Crematorium Attendant of the Year
Best Internet Bereavement Resource
The Blossom d’Amour Award For Funeral Floristry
Funeral Celebrant of the Year
Cemetery of the Year Award
Gravedigger of the Year
Funeral Director of the Year
Best Alternative to a Hearse
Book of the Year (published after 1 May 2011)
Lifetime Achievement Award

Saturday 8 September 2012

Whitehall Hotel, Exeter Park Road, Bournemouth
The ‘Everything You Need to Know About Funerals – But Never Dared To Ask’ Conference, Whitehall Hotel, Bournemouth

Tickets £30 include access to all lectures, the Death Café sessions and the cemetery walk

10.00 – 5.00pm – Lectures on all aspects of life, death and relationships.

Speakers include: Rupert and Claire Callender, Wendii Miller, Simon Smith and Jane Morrell, Dominic Druce, Pam Trott, Barbara Chalmers and more..

3.00 – 4.00pm Guided walk around St Peter’s Churchyard with local historian John Walker ((£2 payable on the walk from people not on the conference).
Meet outside main entrance.

3.30pm Bournemouth Town Hall Ghost Tour – with Michael Stead from Bournemouth Libraries. Meet outside main entrance on Bourne Avenue.

Death Café at the Arlington Hotel – two sittings at 11.30am and 4.oopm – buy your own tea and cakes.

4.30pm Performance by Language! Timothy – Arlington Arts Café
Sunday 9 September 2012

12.30 for 1.00pm – Lunch with the Daily Telegraph’s former Chief Obituary Writer, David Twiston-Davies at Days Hotel (formerly the Marsham Court Hotel), 3 Russel-Cotes Road, Eastcliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AB.

Tickets £15 includes tea or coffee and a light buffet lunch.

Joy of Death Festival – Bournemouth UK

A Weekend for the Living…
when we talk ‘death’
The Joy of Death Festival has become:
The Good Funeral Awards

The Bournemouth Joy of Death Festival 2012 was a great success.

We got extensive coverage in the media and over 100 people attended the first UK Funeral Awards ceremony which we held in the Greenhouse Hotel.

Sky TV will broadcast a documentary about the funeral awards in 2013, so look out for that.

Meanwhile, we have changed the name of the weekend to the Good Funeral Awards because several people complained that there was no joy in death or bereavement.

Grief specialist, Kristie West, gave this address on the subject

Nathaniel Sr: You hang onto your pain like it means something, like it’s worth something. Well, let me tell ‘ya, it’s not worth shit. Let it go. Infinite possibilities, and all he can do is whine.

David: Well, what am I supposed to do?

Nathaniel Sr: What do you think? You can do anything, you lucky bastard, you’re alive! What’s a little pain compared to that?

David: It can’t be that simple.

Nathaniel Sr: [putting his arm around David and pulling him closer] What if it is?

Good Funeral Guide Awards 2012

The Joy of Death Festival 2012 will pilot the first Good Funeral Guide Awards Ceremony to recognise outstanding service to the bereaved.

The awards will be made in the following categories on the basis of nominations received by the general public:

Most Promising New Funeral Director
Embalmer of the Year
The Eternal Slumber Award for Coffin Supplier of the Year
Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death in the Media (TV, Film, Newspaper, Magazine or Online)
Crematorium Attendant of the Year
Best Internet Bereavement Resource
The Blossom d’Amour Award For Funeral Floristry
Funeral Celebrant of the Year
Cemetery of the Year Award
Gravedigger of the Year
Funeral Director of the Year
Best Alternative to a Hearse
Lifetime Achievement Award
Book of the Year (published after 1 May 2011)

Anyone can nominate a person for the award.The awards ceremony will be on the evening of Friday 7 September 2012 at a prestigious hotel in Bournemouth. It will be hosted by Charles Cowling, founder of the Good Funeral Guide. The winners will receive a small trophy and a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Said, organiser, Brian Jenner: “The funeral industry has many characters and styles, we want to recognise the diversity of the industry and allow the public to have some say in what they think is good. We thought we’d trial this format in 2012 to see if it’s an effective way to acknowledge outstanding service to the bereaved.

“We’ve already had some nominations. Barry Albin-Dyer and Ken West (father of natural burial) have been mentioned for their lifetime contributions. In the alternative hearse category, we’ve had a mention for Paul Sinclair, the motorcycle hearse rider, and Clare Brooks and Michelle Orton, who run the Volkswagen campervan hearse service.”

Anyone wishing to nominate should send an email with a written recommendation (no more than 100 words) to say why they think the company or individual is worthy of the award.

Please include an address and telephone number. Your citation may be quoted at the award’s ceremony on Friday 7 September 2012.

Email your entry to: goodfuneralawards@joyofdeath.co.uk by Monday 6 August 2012.

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