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Shining Light on Death – A study day in Leicester

Shining Light on Death – A study day in Leicester

Shining Light on Death – Saturday 21st September 2019 9.15am – 4.30pm

Organisers: The Janki Foundation and the Brahma Kumaris, Leicester.

Venue : Harmony House, 122 Ross Walk, Leicester LE4 5HH (Sat nav post code LE4 5HA)

To watch Part 1 – ‘What happens when you die?’ by Dr Peter Fenwick – Click here

To watch Part 2 – ‘What the Dying want matters’ by Rev Andrew Martin – Click here

To watch Part 3 – ‘Facing our Fear of Death – Spiritual aspects of dying’ by Maureen Goodman – Click here

Free Admission but registration is essential as places are limited and lunch will be provided.

Registration for this event is now closed.

If you are interested in attending, please email us on or call Harmony House Leicester on 0116 216 8430.

In the presence of someone who is nearing the end of their life, not knowing what to say or do can be daunting, frightening or even embarrassing. There is a natural concern about not wanting to offend or cause pain by saying the ‘wrong’ thing. But being with someone who is dying can also be experienced as the greatest privilege of all. Perhaps we should think less about what to say or do and more about how to practise the particular qualities of being gracefully present and respectful. It may be that just by ‘holding the space’ we’re doing enough, and the basic requirement for that is the capacity to be compassionately human– the greatest enabler of all.

Shining Light on Death is concerned with the spiritual aspects of care – the role of acceptance, kindness, humility and compassion as well as consideration and respect for the sense of the sacred. By the end of the event participants will have explored a range of responses when in the presence of someone who is dying.

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Dr Peter Fenwick is an eminent neuropsychiatrist. For many years he has sought to deepen understanding in science and medicine by going beyond our current materialistic paradigm. He has published numerous scientific papers on brain function and also spirituality and meditation and has co-authored with his wife Elizabeth The Art of Dying (2008).


Rev Andrew Martin is Lead Spiritual Care Chaplain at LOROS hospice. He has spent most of his working life as a nurse in the NHS specialising in care of those living with dementia. After being ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church (2010), he joined LOROS hospice in 2011 initially as a chaplain and also nurse in their Education and Research department.


Maureen Goodman is the Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Brahma Kumaris representative at the United Nations, Vienna. As well as her international work in inter-religious dialogue she has worked with a variety of community groups, developing the University’s outreach work in prisons, healthcare, education, youth and women’s issues and interfaith dialogue in the UK.


MC: Anne Richardson is a Senior Sister in the Intermediate Care Team, Northamptonshire. Since 2005 she has been working in providing a home alternative to often scary hospital admissions. She has worked in various fields of nursing for over 40 years including nursing patients at the end of their lives.


MC: Dr Sarah Eagger is Chair of the Janki Foundation. Throughout her professional life as a consultant psychiatrist, she has worked at the interface of spirituality and mental health.



09.15-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.15 Welcome & Introductions – Dr Sarah Eagger & Anne Richardson
10.15-11.15 What happens when you die?
Dr Peter Fenwick
11.30-12.20 What the Dying want matter
Rev Andrew Martin
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Workshop – Being compassionately present with those who are dying
(Small groups)
15.00-15.20 Refreshments
15.30-16.10 Facing our Fear of Death – Spiritual aspects of dying
Maureeen Goodman
16.10-16.30 Closure

The day will be interwoven with poetry, reflections and rap.


There is no charge for this event but voluntary contributions are welcome.

A certificate of attendance for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) may be requested at the event.

For more information contact:
Phone : 020 8459 1400 or 0116 2168430


The Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Healthcare is a UK charity promoting spirituality in healthcare. The Foundation acknowledges the central role of positive thoughts and feelings, compassion and kindness in maintaining wellbeing and preventing illness.


The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive approach to life.


Sep 21 2019


9:15 am - 4:30 pm

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The Brahma Kumaris Leicester
Harmony House, 122 Ross Walk, Leicester, LE4 5HH (For sat nav use LE4 5HA)


The Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Healthcare
The Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Healthcare
+44 (0) 20 8459 1400

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The Brahma Kumaris - Leicester

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