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What is Dying Matters Awareness Week all about?

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We know that starting conversations about dying isn’t easy. But we also know that it’s 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.

Hospices, healthcare trusts, schools, theatre groups, libraries, care homes, artists – we’re amazed by the diversity, breadth and creativity of the organisations who get involved.

And they all have one thing in common – whoever starts the conversation, and however they do it, they never find it as challenging as they feared, and they always feel better for having got talking.

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022 will take place from 2 - 6 May 2022, and as ever we’ll be providing information, inspiration and support for you to get involved – whether through a simple conversation with a few neighbours, or a bigger project through your workplace.

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What does it mean to be #InAGoodPlace to die?

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021

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10 - 16 May 2021 marked Dying Matters Awareness Week, which focused on the importance of being #InAGoodPlace to die.
 
Our research, released during the week, found that people in the UK do not have end of life plans in place because they are unaware of what to do, and unsure of how to talk about it. 
 
There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it, and to plan for it. 

During the week we shared real stories, to show what it means to be #InAGoodPlace to die. There were hundreds of events happening across the UK, and many more joined the conversation on social media.

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The Dying Matters community is active all year round, not just during Awareness Week. 

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What can I do now?

Got an idea for an event for Dying Matters Awareness Week? Join Dying Matters and we’ll support you with everything you need.

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