The Departure Lounge

We want to encourage people to talk about death and dying, and ensure that medical policy develops in line with people's views.

Public Dialogue


The Departure Lounge aims to encourage a national conversation about death & dying.

Following its launch as a free pop-up shop in south London, and a programme of events across the UK, The Departure Lounge is now an interactive website and digital campaign. Visit to explore #thedeparturelounge

The original pop-up shop was open for a month in May-June 2019 in Lewisham Shopping Centre, south London, and was free and open to all. Modelled on an airport departure lounge, the installation encouraged people to talk about death, dying and what it means to have a good death. The installation was staffed by a diverse mix of researchers, doctors and hospice workers with experience of death and dying. Lewisham was chosen to be the starting point for The Departure Lounge as a busy, diverse area which is also the birthplace of the hospice movement. The original installation dates were chosen to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019).

The Departure Lounge was developed by the Academy of Medical Sciences with design agency The Liminal Space.


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