BrumYODO (“you only die once”) is a Community Interest Company, made up of a growing group of artists, undertakers, food artists, hospices, palliative care professionals and generally all-round interesting folk, with a shared vision of a society which talks openly and honestly about death, helping us all prepare for dying and loss. BrumYODO creates safe spaces for conversations through collaboration, and delivers life-enhancing public events.
From the 8th – 16th May, BrumYODO and Birmingham Hippodrome will be presenting In Memoriam, an open-air artwork by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram, in Aston Park, as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021. Featuring 120 flags created from bed sheets, In Memoriam is a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. The artwork has also been made in tribute to all the NHS health and care workers and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. More information on the In Memoriam artwork can be seen here.
Many people won’t be able to travel to Aston to see the artwork in-person, so everyone is invited to get involved in this project by making a personal, handheld flag inspired by In Memoriam. On their website here, you’ll find a video and written guide on how to make an In Memoriam inspired flag out of fabric, paper or card. Photos of your flags can be uploaded to their website gallery where hundreds of flags from across the city will be showcased.
A number of BrumYODO’s upcoming events can also be accessed online here, including discussions around spirituality, creativity & preparing for end of life as well as their “Death Cafe” and “Grief Gathering” sessions.