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What is Dying Matters Awareness Week all about?

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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. 

** The dates of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023 have changed due to the coronation. Don't worry if you've already planned an event for the first week of May, you can go ahead with your original date. ** 

If Dying Matters - then it matters at work too

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For Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023, we'll be focusing on Dying Matters at work. 

When we’re affected by illness, caring for someone close to us, or have lost a loved one - we need support. We need time and space, and we need those around us to recognise what we are facing and know what to do.

Stigma around grieving, and a lack of understanding about what it means to be ill and what happens when you’re dying, mean that too many of us are struggling to cope when faced with life’s inevitable challenges. And the workplace is no exception.

If we live in a society where we are scared to talk about death, we don’t understand dying or refuse to talk about grief, then how can we react with compassion when our colleagues, peers, and friends need support?

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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.

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We spend so much of our lives at work – and we shouldn’t have to hide our experiences of death and dying from our colleagues, our peers, or our bosses. We want to create open and compassionate society where we are comfortable facing the realities of dying, death and grief.

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.

If Dying Matters – then it matters at work too.

Join us from 8 - 14 May for Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Is Dying Matters Awareness Week for me?

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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.

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What can I do now?

We know that many of you will be planning your events and activities for the week, and we'll be in touch with information and resources very soon. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and make sure you're signed up to our email updates to hear the latest about Dying Matters Awareness Week. 

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