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Death on the Fringe Lectures

The Death on the Fringe Lectures provide a unique opportunity to hear some truly thought-provoking talks that will stimulate discussion and challenge established ideas. Join us in Edinburgh to hear some of the latest thinking relating to death, dying and bereavement from four outstanding speakers:

Mon 10 Aug  …   Professor Scott Murray – A Better Place to Die: Africa or Scotland?

Mon 17 Aug   …   Jo Hockley – Dying To Tell

Mon 24 Aug   …   Dr Jeremy Keen – Living with Dying: Uncertainty and Hope

Mon 31 Aug   …   Dr Richard Smith – Death: The Upside

Full details:




29 SEPTEMBER 2015 from 2.00pm-4.30pm

Speaker: Professor Mary Marshall

Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Cost: £25.00 includes Scottish Cream Tea



22 October 2015


Speaker: Professor Sir Harry Burns

Venue:   Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor,

Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh

Lecture - The causes of wellness throughout life

Cost: £16.00 including wine reception

 For further information on any of the above events, please contact Mary Wilkinson



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Who we are

Faith in Older People (FiOP) is a Scottish National Charity based in Edinburgh.  Its focus is on ’spirituality and ageing’.  We define spirituality as ‘that which gives meaning and purpose to our lives’

Research and practical action has evidenced that the spiritual dimension is of great importance as we age.  This is a time when we come to terms with issues that matter towards the end of our lives. It guides the achievement of person-centred care by understanding the inner person and their values, and to take this as the starting point for caring practice.

What we do


Enabling a better understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people

Our Aims

  • to educate, encourage and support volunteers, health and social care workers, members of faith communities and other agencies to increase their understanding of spiritual care and issues around ageing.

  • to deliver events, courses and materials to meet identified need.

  • to continue to build the capacity and efficiency of the organisation.


The concept of spirituality is difficult to understand although there is an increasing acknowledgement that it plays an important part in our lives.  There are two approaches to the definition of spirituality; both acknowledge a search for meaning.  For some people a divine presence is central; for others spirituality is a secular concept involving inner life and personal belief.

Five ways of thinking about spirituality as:

  • part of a religious belief
  • a secular concept
  • a metaphor for absence
  • a search for meaning with or without God
  • the deepest values and meanings by which people seek to live

For a fuller explanation please go to the publication ‘Insights’ – spirituality and ageing:  implications for the care and support of older people’ published by IRISS, written by Dr. Harriet Mowat and Maureen O’Neill