The subject of death is no longer taboo – we now accept that dying is part of living.

Over hot drinks and tasty nibbles we’ll explore a subject that

touches everyone, with time for meditation and quiet reflection.


Being Mortal evenings are supportive monthly gatherings where people of an open and sharing disposition can listen, be heard and gain some freedom and release from grief and fear.  We bring meditation, information, sharing, discussions humour, a taste for life – and refreshments! – into our evening.

We respect each other’s privacy, safety and confidentiality, while opening the space for exploration.

We have found that participating in these evenings:

  • deepens love, compassion and connection
  • lightens a dark place, raises the vibration
  • connects us to a sense of wonder, empathy, awe
  • replaces fear with curiosity and anticipation
  • creates a world of open and like-minded meditators to explore and enjoy with


We plan to support each other in all aspects of our further journey. For example, there will be an offshoot group meeting monthly to support each other in completing the practicalities and formalities around dying e.g. Will, Advanced Decision and Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

Facilitated by

Gabrielle Paras Richards read bio here

Gabrielle Paras will host the evening. She is a meditator with 40+ years experience, learning from Osho and in 2012 helping in the first Osho Sammasati Support Person Training . She is a naturopath and health coach and also volunteers in a local hospice In Patients unit. She says:
“My aim in hosting Evenings about Death is to make death and dying so much a part of everyday life that preparing for it feels as enjoyable and interesting as going on a long-awaited gap year or the holiday of a lifetime!”

Not currently scheduled

Where: 1 Langley Crescent, Kings Langley,
Hertfordshire WD4 8EW, UK

When: Generally, the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm–10.00pm
Please ask for parking information.

Suggested donation £5

Please contact Gabrielle Paras on:
07788 981977 or

Recent workshop feedback

The latest 'Being Mortal' meeting at Gabrielle's (aka Paras) beautiful home was truly inspiring.

What I find fascinating about these meetings is that although the subject may put people off, I come home having experienced very moving moments, learnt about the bureaucracy around one's demise, laughed out loud at somebody's joke, meditated, ate yummy finger food and met people who care about life to its very end. And this time we met Maneesha who has devoted her life to this subject: The Icing on the Cake!


Death is such a leveller, and meeting in a safe community group, facilitated by Gabi, who obviously is experienced and warm, is a healing and learning thing! Although not established as a “mourning” group, it feels appropriate and easy to express feelings about a range of ways in which death can touch us.
The group sharing feels healthy and interesting, and reminds me just how diverse and individual we all are.
I would recommend anyone wishing to learn more about themselves to take the “risk” and you will not be disappointed.

(Anon Social Worker, Counsellor and Family Therapist)

I have got so much out of coming to these groups as it is the first time I have been with a group of people where there has been a safe space to listen and share about the taboo subject of death. I have been coming away from the sessions feeling uplifted and more at peace with the topic. Thank you so much.

(Tamara Donn)

My husband says -
“When you're going to the Evenings about Death at Gabi’s you leave the house grumpy and depressed and you come home all lovey dovey."

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