Sheffield, UK

YOUR GOOD MOURNING is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help those facing or going through bereavement. We support and raise funds for six UK based bereavement-related charities and have a quirky charity fundraising shop based in Sheffield. We are the first social venture of it’s kind and have big plans to help break down the taboos of talking about death, dying and bereavement and want to bring communities together again – akin to the wartime spirit!

On a fairly sunny weekend in mid May, the team of  YOUR GOOD MOURNING  set up a “Before I Die…” wall in aid of DYING MATTERS national awareness week run by the Dying Matters coalition. We put up a small chalk board in the shop but felt we also wanted to engage more people; so we launched Sheffield’s very first community chalk wall at The Riverside in their hugely popular beer garden located alongside the River Don, in the heart of Sheffield’s real ale circuit in Kelham Island.

We weren’t  just talking about death, we were chalking about it!

Lots of people put down their beer and picked up some chalk and wrote what they wanted to do before they die… We found even though it was done in a light-hearted manner,  it gave an opportunity for people in our community to think about death and what is important to them.

It was a great project that was originally planned for the weekend (hence our title the weekend of death) but it ended up running for 6 weeks…People of all ages were  sharing their thoughts and wishes and enjoying reading all the comments and phrases. We are so proud to have initiated Sheffield’s first chalk wall and want to to keep it alive throughout the city and the surrounding area. So we have decided to take our “Before I die…” wall boards on tour! We will keep updating this site, our website and facebook page with tour dates, latest photos and comments.

Our next venue is planned to be held in August (TBC) at The Plough pub – in the delightful parish of Bradfield, Sheffield – we will also hold a balloon release to celebrate and remember those “Loved today, yesterday and forever more”

Please do get in touch if you wish to be involved or have any ideas to help us grow – We’d love to hear from you. Call in for a cuppa and a chat at: Your Good Mourning Shop – 358 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

I want to have time to say goodbye.

I want to see Uncle Steve buy a round of drinks!.

I want to prepare for my new adventure.

I want to kick cancer's ass.

I want to find out where all the odd socks have gone.

I want to become immortal.

I want to get more people talking about death, dying & bereavement.

I want to prepare for my send off.

I want to be the first to know.

I want to write a letter to everyone I care about...and maybe to some I don't!.

Built by Glenda Kirby and Your Good Mourning

June 2013