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 your organisation to get involved.
Dying Matters at Work
As we’ll be focusing on Dying Matters at Work this year, it's an opportunity for your organisation to further demonstrate their commitment to building an open, compassionate culture to support staff through grief, caring responsibilities, or a life-limiting illness.
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t already involved with Hospice UK, Dying Matters or Compassionate Employers – anyone can get involved!
What is Dying Matters?
Dying Matters is a campaign run by the charity, Hospice UK. We work with local organisations, decision-makers and the general public to make things better for people who are dying or grieving.
Right now, we don't have the right language to talk about death. People aren't getting the support that suits them as they approach the end of life.
We want to see a world where people live well until the very end.
How to get involved
There are plenty of easy and engaging ways in which you and your organisation 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
During challenging conversations, do you ever find yourself losing focus on what's being said? Avoiding talking about emotional topics? Or saying the wrong thing?
Find out where you stand on our Compassionate Superpower online quiz - which will be launched during Dying Matters Awareness Week.
How compassionate is your organisation?
Discover how your organisation compares to the market - take the Compassionate Employers mini-assessment to find out whether your company has compassionate best practices.
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.