Taking place from 8-14 May 2023, Dying Matters Awareness Week is an opportunity for people to talk about death, dying and grief.
On this page you'll find resources for our existing Compassionate Employers to get involved.
Dying Matters at Work
This year, the week focuses on Dying Matters at Work, providing a perfect opportunity for your organisation, as a member of our Compassionate Employers programme to further demonstrate your commitment to building an open, compassionate culture to support staff through grief, caring responsibilities, or a life-limiting illness.
How you can get involved
There are a number of easy and engaging ways in which you can get involved in this year's Dying Matters at Work campaign:
At 11.30 am on 11 May, How to talk about death at work will provide you and your colleagues with practical advice, tips and tricks on how to start workplace conversations on this often taboo subject.
Hosted by our Compassionate Employers programme, this webinar will feature Simon Blake, CEO Mental Health First Aid England and Dying Matters Chair, Aongola Victor Simuyemba, Bereavements Lead at Monzo and Faith Holloway, Compassionate Employers Programme Lead.
And why not share with the rest of your organisation? Here's a suggested paragraph that you can use in your internal communications.
Stigma around grieving, and a lack of understanding about 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.
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.
But talking about this can be hard, especially with colleagues. This Dying Matters Awareness Week, join Hospice UK's Compassionate Employers programme in How to talk about death at work - a webinar that will provide practical advice on how to start workplace conversations on this often taboo subject.
Thursday 11th May 2023, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm. Register now
We couldn't do any of this alone. Join the #DyingMattersAtWork conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Want to share this on your LinkedIn? We've got example posts and graphics for you to use.
Staff sharing their real experiences on this topic will help engage more people in your organisation. Do you know colleagues who’d be happy to share their experiences of talking about death at work as part of your internal comms around Dying Matters Awareness Week?
Signpost your colleagues to the Compassionate Employers Hub and new Compassionate Bereavement Conversations tool.
This new e-learning tool will give any colleagues the skills and confidence to have, what can be, challenging conversations relating to bereavement with their colleagues.
We've created some handy assets and resources that your organisation can use to get involved with Dying Matters Awareness Week, and help spread the importance of creating compassionate workplaces.
More information & resources
What's on: Dying Matters Awareness Week
Compassionate Employers Free Webinars
Dying Matters Awareness Week
From 8 - 14 May 2023, we encouraged communities across the country to come together to talk about death, dying and grief in the workplace.