Every year, people around the UK use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them.

This year’s theme, ‘The way we talk about Dying Matters’, focused on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying – specifically between healthcare professionals and patients, their carers and their families.

Why the way we talk about Dying Matters

Patricia is living with an incurable illness. Mumtaz’s husband Rasheeque died in 2021. And Lucy is a Palliative Medicine Consultant at North London Hospice. 

Together, their powerful experiences explore how language plays such an important part at the end of someone’s life.

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Why the way we talk about Dying Matters


Honest, timely conversations about death and dying are essential to good end of life care. Yet all too often barriers, including lack of confidence, taboos around discussing death, and confusion about who should be having these conversations mean patients, carers and families may not understand what is happening, or get all the information and support they need.

We shared what the public think about how language used by healthcare professionals has affected end of life experiences, and shared stories from people who are dying, and the families of people who have died.

The brilliant people who work in our 200+ hospices around the UK are experts in death, dying, and end of life care. So we asked them to share their tips and advice on how to start honest, transparent conversations about death and dying to help people feel informed, supported, and empowered at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

This Dying Matters Awareness Week, we helped communities around the UK to come together to talk about having those end of life conversations, whether with their healthcare professionals – or families, friends and colleagues.

Because the way we talk about Dying Matters.

What happened in Dying Matters Awareness Week?


There was a lot happening for Dying Matters Awareness Week this year.

Hundreds of events took place around the UK - explore them.

Read our featured stories of Patricia, Mumtaz or Lucy - or watch our campaign animation (see above).

We shared plenty of resources to help everyone make the most of the week, and some might still be useful now.

We can't do any of this alone, so if you'd like to help make a huge difference when it comes to having honest conversations about death and dying, please consider making a donation.

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Read our featured Dying Matters Awareness Week stories, insights and reflections and explore why the way we talk about Dying Matters.

The 2023 theme: Dying Matters at work

For Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023, we focused on Dying Matters at work. 

57% of employees will have experienced a bereavement in the last five years and every day, more than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives. And yet, fewer than one in five managers feel very confident supporting someone they manage with a bereavement.

By talking to those around you, you can help us make sure that workplaces are properly set up to support people who are ill, who are caring for those around them, or who have lost someone close to them.

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