Death on the Fringe is a series of shows and events looking at death and dying which takes place during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year – a festival within a festival.
Some events are serious, some are comical – but they all make you think about what it means to live well and die well.
It is run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, a group of organisations working to promote more openness about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. The campaign’s aim is to make people aware of ways to live with death, dying and bereavement and help them feel better equipped to support each other through those difficult times.
We believe that currently in Scotland, various problems are caused because:
- People are unprepared for the experiences of death, dying and bereavement
- Communities are disempowered from providing support to the dying and the bereaved
- Health and social care professionals are unprepared for death-related discussions
We believe that many of these problems can be solved by raising public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and promoting community involvement in death, dying and bereavement.
Since the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, there seems no better time or place to do that. Since 2014, Death on the Fringe has been held each year, welcoming guests and performers including Dr. Phil Hammond, Dr. Kathryn Mannix, Jack Rooke and Milly Thomas.
The 2020 event has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
However, if you agree with the ideas behind the festival, you might like to join Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief. Any individual or organisation can become a member, for free, and we can keep you posted with our activities throughout the year. You might also like to follow @LifeDeathGrief on Twitter or Facebook.