What is Dying Matters Awareness Week all about?
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. This year, Dying Matters Awareness Week took place from 2 - 6 May 2022.
Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022 film
Maureen, whose parents both died at home during the pandemic, tells her story and explains why she's taking action this Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022
With the pandemic far from over, the UK is still struggling with big questions about how and where we die, who we are with at the end and what care and support we have in place.
With your support, our mission is to help people to talk about dying and grief, and plan for the end of life. But if the healthcare system isn’t set up to deliver on those wishes, then people will not be dying in a good place.
We know that right now people are dying without the emotional and practical support they need. And we know that health and social care staff are doing their absolute best in the hardest of circumstances, but often finding themselves without the specialist knowledge or capacity to look after a dying patient, and their family.
Help us make sure that the health and care system is properly set up to support people at the end of their lives.
Help us show political and healthcare leaders what is needed to make our end of life care system work for families across the UK.
Help us get the UK talking about and planning for end of life.
Join the Dying Matters community.
Is Dying Matters Awareness Week for me?
Anyone can get involved in the Awareness Week - whether with friends and family, with your company or in the community.
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.