"I want everyone to have the care Mel had"

End of life care campaigner Ian Leech on the importance's of his daughter Melissa's story in getting the message out.

Awareness Week resources

Dying Matters Awareness Week is 12-18 May. Download or order our great resources now.

Announcing a new creative writing competition

Our new writing competition, While There’s Still Time, aims to generate shared experiences of putting things right before it's too late.

Final Chapters published as collection

Powerful and thought-provoking stories and poems submitted to a Dying Matters writing competition are now available as a book.

Tell your loved ones

Dying Matters, the National Council for Palliative Care and and NHS Blood and Transplant launch new partnership to urge the public to share their organ donation plans.

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Holding a Dying Matters Awareness Week event? Our resources will really grab people's attention. 

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Don't leave your funeral to fate

Do you want people to mourn your death or celebrate your life? Are there songs and readings you want included? Make sure your loved ones know what you want with My Funeral Wishes.

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What's on

There are hundreds of events relating to death, dying and bereavement happening countrywide. View them here. 

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Your stories

Sharing your experiences can help others deal with theirs. 

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Why talk about it?

Discussing death doesn't bring it any closer. It's about planning for life.

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“Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.”

Iris Murdoch (British Novelist and Philosopher, 1919-1999)

Poll

Which of the following would you consider most important if you were in the last stages of a terminal illness?
To be free from pain
35%
To be surrounded by people I love
41%
To be at home
8%
To have spiritual support available
3%
To be able to communicate
9%
To have medical support readily available
4%
Total votes: 1259

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Film: I Didn't Want That

A powerful film highlighting the importance of making your end of life wishes clear.

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