Transitus Regional Event.
Here are some details of our regional meetings, which offer different opportunities to interact and connect with others who work in this field.
Please check the event's report and photo gallery below the event's listing.
Transitus York Gathering [CANCELLED]
Sunday 8th November 2015 from 10:00 to 16:30
St Bede’s Pastoral Centre - 21 Blossom Street - York - YO24 1AQ

Led by Martin Nathanael
Details from Chris Dudzinska
01653 627170
Transitus London and S W Gathering [CANCELLED]
(Venue to be confirmed)

Led by Robert Lord with Judith Pidgeon
Details from Robert Lord
08445 855678
The theme for each gathering will be “memories of a soul crossing”
Please contact Chris or Robert if you wish to contribute/attend.
See also nearer the time.
First regional gathering of Transitus Sussex-West. Report
Transitus – Sussex, Saturday March 23rd 2013
The morning dawned as Arctic blizzards swept across the country and the phone kept ringing: ‘I’ll get there if I can,’ was the message received from people travelling from a distance. A blazing log fire and hot drinks greeted delegates that survived the precarious journey to Sedgwick Park.
We all gathered in the grand hall around the fire as Judith Pidgeon (co-founder of Transitus with Carmella B’Hahn) welcomed everyone, thanked Jean Francis and Janet James warmly for agreeing to ‘hold’ Regional Gatherings in West Sussex and outlined the ethos of Transitus and the reasons behind it creation. Using an umbrella as a prop she explained that Transitus shelters beneath the umbrella of ‘The Martinsey Isle Trust’, which enables it to have charity status.
Nigel Spencer spoke about preparing for death from his experience as a soul midwife, spiritual counsellor and his professional role as a clinical nurse specialising in palliative care.
Jean Francis, an Interfaith Minister spoke about creating ceremonies that celebrate the milestones of life, which are uniquely tailored to people’s spiritual beliefs and values. Using her party planning skills Jean specialises in planning Life and Memorial Celebrations prior to need either on-line or face to face.
Kristy West is a GRIEF Specialist and spoke about her work with bereaved adults. She helps people to positively change their understanding and experience of death in their lives so that they can talk about, remember and love the people who have died without it hurting them anymore.
After lunch, a rehearsed reading of ‘Home Death’, by Nell Dunn took place, presented by The Martinsey Isle Trust and Taboo Amateur Theatre Company. This was followed by an optional post-production discussion.
A fish and chip supper was devoured sitting around the blazing fire and was followed by a Death Cafe. This was led by Kristy West and presented the perfect opportunity to increase awareness in death related subjects, with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.
The day offered the perfect opportunity for networking, discussion and learning and it is hoped that local Gatherings of Transitus members will evolve and thrive as the Gatherings in Totnes had done.
Enormous thanks go to Jean and Janet for sharing their many skills, enthusiasm and willingness to host regular Transitus Gatherings and Death Cafes locally.
For further details of either please contact Jean on or telephone: 014043 273754 you will receive a wonderful welcome.
Transitus Second Festival Report.
SAFE JOURNEY, York, Sept 21st 2013
The 2nd Transitus Festival was held at St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York, on Saturday September 21st 2013.
Judith Pidgeon, co-creator of Transitus, who helped us to organise the day, opened with a few words about Transitus, before Charles Cowling gave the main talk of the day on the subject of 'Meaningful Funerals'. We had a varied and interesting programme, which included talks on DIY funerals; the importance of wills and executors; facing loss and bereavement; soul midwifery; green burials, sites and funerals; and learning from near-death experiences.
The individual stands were very varied, too, with Transitus, of course, Yorkshire Woollen Coffins, alternative funerals, memorials, elegant funeral teas, a solicitor, bereavement counselling, celebrants, and beautiful flower arrangements.
A therapist was on hand for healing and stress busting and our local harpist played for us at intervals throughout the day, which was heavenly.
Home-made cakes, teas and coffees were enjoyed by all, helping to keep us firing on all cylinders until the end of the long day.
It would have been nice to have more visitors, but those that did come were very pleased. The main comment was that it had been an 'eye-opener' with good speakers and an excellent programme of talks. Lovely cakes too!
Fortunately, the exhibitors and speakers all had a great day and 'wouldn’t have missed it for anything'.
Chris, Martin and Georgina
Swans on the Somerset Levels
Sunset off Kalymnos, Greece
Telendos, Greece
Burrowbridge Mump, Somerset
Mysterious tunnel in Kalymnos, Greece
Chalice Well, Glastonbury
Her Majesty
The Martinsey Isle Trust and the Glaston Rose Humane Company Creating an idyll of Martinsey and Lidney Islands Natural Burial honouring life's sacred thresholds
The Martinsey Isle Trust was co-founded in 2002 by David Wasley, its inspiration, and Judith Pidgeon, its grounder

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