05 / 5 / 2016 6.07pm
This year, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 9-15 May. This year’s theme - the big conversation – aims to promote the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. Starting conversations earlier means that we can have a more positive impact on the experience of people who are dying or bereaved.
How can I get involved?
The activities below will help you to start conversations. There will be more than 100 events happening locally across England and Wales, from coffee mornings, to workshops, and seminars. Find out what’s happening on in your local area.
There will also be daily Twitter chats from 1-2pm on different themes relating to end of life and bereavement.
Twitter chat schedule
Monday 9 May: The importance of making a funeral plan.
Tuesday 10 May: Planning future care and support.
Wednesday 11 May: The importance of making a will.
Thursday 12 May: Signing up as an organ donor.
Friday 13 May: Sharing your end of life care plans with others.
Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May: Open conversation about dying, death and bereavement.
You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BigConversation.
For more information visit the Dying Matters webpages.
To support employers with the end of life care agenda, we’ll be launching information to encourage organisations to invest in the continuing professional development and capacity building of staff to deliver high quality end of life care. The new web section will include information on the end of life care agenda, and tools and resources to train your staff.