Find out about events taking place around the UK for Dying Matters Awareness Week in 2023 via the interactive Google map or event listings.
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What's Dying Matters Awareness Week all?
Starting conversations about dying is often not as hard as you might think.
Every year, people around the country use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them. In 2023, Dying Matters Awareness Week will take place from 8 - 14 May.
For Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023, we'll be focusing on Dying Matters at work.
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Dying Matters events by region
This year's Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place from 8 - 14 May 2023. Explore the events by region, below.
You can submit your own Dying Matters Awareness Week event and get it listed on this page for free.
Tuesday 9th May 2023
10am: Bereavement in the Workplace Online Workshop - The Brigitte Trust
Come and join us as we introduce some facts and figures on how society sees mourning; explore some of the theories around grief and bereavement; look at how bereavement can present; and offer some tips on active listening and how best to respond and be alongside those who need support.
This session will be delivered online via Zoom. Your workshop link will be emailed to you upon registration. If you have any questions about this event, please email The Brigitte Trust.
Tuesday 9th May
9am: Manchester Royal Infirmary Dying Matters Event
Come along to the Atrium (near chaplaincy) to get involved in the Dying matters week event. We will be asking "How would you want to be supported following a bereavement?" and offering resources for supporting others. Address: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL. Contact: email@example.com
We have a month of free community events throughout May. Including an online webinar with Kathryn Mannix. The full schedule is on the Compassionate Sheffield website, with new events being added as people wish to host their own activity. Broad range of activities, locations and communities.
Friday 12th May 2023
2pm: Going Gently at Harrogate U3A, Harrogate
One thing that all of us will have to face eventually is our own mortality. Whether death comes suddenly or is signalled from afar, it will be easier for us and for those we leave behind if we can plan for its arrival. This short course will meet on Friday afternoons, beginning on Friday 12th May. There will be a charge for room hire and refreshments. The course will cover the following subjects:
• Planning for Death and Talking Through with Your Family
• The Question of Care
• Wills, Powers of Attorney & Advance Care Plans
• After Death and Probate
• Funeral Planning
• Visit to local Cemetery and our own version of a ‘Wake’
Address: Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, N Yorkshire, HG1 1EG. Contact for more info.
Tuesday 16th May 2023
12pm: Dying Matters at Work - The Rotherham Foundation Trust, Rotherham
The Supportive Care Team at Rotherham Foundation Trust are holding and event for our staff and colleagues to attend to understand how we can support those dealing with bereavement. Address: Rotherham Hospital, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2UD. Contact for more info.
Monday 8th May - Friday 12 May
10am: Compassionate Cuppa
Bringing the community together to talk about death, dying, and grief.
Drop in for a hot drink, and a slice of cake between 10am and 4pm from Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May. Address: Rowan Way, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 9DH
Monday 8th May
11am: Dying Matters at National Trust, Coughton Court, Warwickshire
A free event that runs throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week (8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th May)
The event will be a chance for visitors to reflect on what dying means to them. We will have a quiet space for visitors to write a message / draw a memory on a wooden roundel (Sustainably sourced as part of our ash dieback works from woodland on site). They will then take the wooden roundel to a space in one of our orchards where they can hang them up to create a walkway / windchime effect that others can walk through and reflect. The roundel creation week will run in tandem with dying matters, we would then have a memorial week where the roundels will be left up (15th-21st), then finally a week in which visitors can come back and take their roundel home with them (22nd-28th). We will provide all of the materials needed as part of the entrance to the site. Address: Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5JA. Find out more.
Thursday 11th May
6pm: Death Cafe at Nottinghamshire Hospice, Nottingham
Chat informally with others about your thoughts about the end of life in a friendly environment. Event starts at 6pm. Address: 384 Woodborough Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 4JF.
Running for the whole month of May
Ipswich Waterfront, St Peter's Dock, Suffolk, IP4 1DW
St Elizabeth Hospice has announced it will be installing an art wall on Ipswich Waterfront to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023.
Located opposite Dance East, on St Peter’s Dock, the installation will encourage the local community to write, in chalk provided, their ambitions for what they wish to do before they die, in a ‘bucket list’ style piece of art.
The 8-metre wall will be on Ipswich’s Waterfront for the month of May, coinciding with ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ (8th-14th May), an annual national initiative which encourages communities, individuals and organisations to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement.
The ‘Before I Die’ wall is a global participatory art project and in Ipswich will contribute to the missions of St Elizabeth Hospice and its facilitation of the ‘Compassionate Communities’ work in the local area.
As well as opening up conversations, the ‘Before I Die’ wall, will also signpost the community to other support services via a QR code included alongside the mural.
Thursday 4th May 2023
9.30am: Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF
Join representatives from local support networks, charities and businesses who are passionate about opening conversations around death and dying at our 'Meet Up' event during this year’s Dying Matters Week. Taking place at the Forum, Norwich on Thursday 4th May, feel free to pop in and take a look at the wealth of information and support available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 4th May 2023
4pm: West London Death Cafe, Shepherd's Bush
Small informal Death Cafe for anyone who wants to talk about their thoughts and fears. Address: The Reading Room, The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, London, W12 8LJ. Contact WLdeathcafe@gmail.com
Thursday 4th May 2023
6pm: Trinity Hospice Talk and Tour
We are opening our doors for a free Talk & Tour for people interested in finding out more about what a hospice does. The event is an opportunity to celebrate hospice care with our community, to explain how and where we provide care for patients and their families when they need it most and to explore how we might be able to support or work with you, your community or faith group, now and in the future.
6-8pm (the event will start promptly at 6pm so please arrive early)
45 minute fully accessible, guided tour to see the hospice and meet our staff at various points around the building
You will receive free tea, coffee and homemade cake baked by our talented chefs! Details: https://www.royaltrinityhospice.london/Event/talk-and-tour-with-trinity-may
Wednesday 10th May
2pm: Introduction to supporting bereaved people at work.
Dying Matters Awareness Week is very close to our hearts here at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. This year we are running Introduction to supporting bereaved people at work for our local businesses and community. The content will include:-
1. Overview of grief and bereavement
2. Strategies to support a bereaved person
3. Tips to support a bereaved/distressed person.
The event will be held on Zoom. Event details: https://stwh.co.uk/courses/introduction-to-supporting-bereaved-people-at-work/
6.15pm: Lewes Death Cafe
LDC are hosting a Death Cafe in the upstairs of the John Harvey Tavern. There is no agenda or objective and everyone is welcome. Food and refreshments are available at the bar and there will be a break after an hour. The event is free and all donations are appreciated. Address: Bear Yard, Lewes, East Sussex, BN3 2AN
Friday 12th May 2023
10am: The Co-operative Funeralcare St Neots Coffee Morning, Cambridgshire
A coffee morning where people are free to come along and chat about their experience's of loosing loved ones and how it's made them feel, how people are preparing for when they pass away and they conversations they have had with those around them. Address: Central Co-Op Funeralcare, 1 Huntingdon Street, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 1BG. Contact email@example.com
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