'Dying Matters' Awareness Week

This week marks Dying Matters Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021) – focusing on the importance of being #InAGoodPlace to die. 
 
It has been a year like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic has put death and loss at the forefront of the nation's consciousness. 
 
Dying Matters research has 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. 
 
Just 13% of adults say they've let a close friend or family member know where they want to be when they die, and just three in ten know how to make arrangements to ensure they die in the place they would wish to. 
 
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. 
 
We need to be braver about talking about death, dying and bereavement, and better at making sure the right plans are put in place to protect ourselves and our loved ones at the end of life. 
 
During the week we're asking you to:
 
- Join the Dying Matters movement - and you can help by sharing with your friends or family and asking them to join too. 
 
- Tell your stories - research has found that we know so little about people's experiences at the end of their lives, nor for those close to them. This is why we're asking people - you included - to share their #DMAW21 story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by emailing info@hospiceuk.org
Find out more at www.dyingmatters.org.uk/AwarenessWeek