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Dying Matters

Dying Matters Awareness Week is 10 – 16 May 2021.

I don’t know about you, but with the pandemic and all that has entailed, looking at death, making sure that we have a good death, is really important.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is a chance for individuals and organisations to open up the conversation around dying, death and bereavement.

This year focuses on the importance of being in a good place to die. There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But the pandemic has proven that it is more important than ever for people to think about it, talk about it and plan for it.

Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home in recent years, and the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands. 

We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place. 

At Dying Matters, they want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations and taking some careful decisions.  

They have highlighted some themes to explore, what it means to be in a good place, and how you and your loved ones can plan for the end of life. They are:

  • Physically (place of death, Advance Care Planning)
  • Emotionally (talking about death, making sure loved ones are cared for)
  • Financially (making a will, making funeral plans)
  • Spiritually (How different faith groups talk about and prepare for death)
  • Digitally (Looking at digital assets, social media, online banking)

This will provide a chance to look deeper at how different aspects of dying – some not always immediately considered – can affect being ready to die and those left behind. 

Here are some useful website links:

Dying Matters website 

Dying Matters Awareness Week page 

Dying Matters Resources 

Dying Matters Awareness Week resource pack 

Hospice UK website 

This article is written by Karen Robinson our Clinical Director.