DeathLife is a project of the Diocese of Oxford, in partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon, funded by the Henry Smith Charity. We aren’t good at talking about death – and yet we desperately need to do just that.
Joanna Collicutt’s idea for this project came out of personal experience and theological reflection, "In 2003 my mother suffered a serious heart attack and at one point was given 48 hours to live. In the event she lived another seven years. She spent those years well, regularly visiting churches to pray privately and prepare herself spiritually for the end of her earthly life.
Whether by choice or not, she did this alone and unsupported. When I shared this with a senior church leader he reflected ‘It’s a great shame that the churches don’t do more to help people with this important task!’ The germ of an idea had been planted."
The DeathLife initiative has two aims – to equip churches to explore issues around death and to change the culture.
To find out more and for resources, please go to https://www.deathlife.org.uk/