What is the theme for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021?
This year, the week will focus on the importance of being in a good place to die.
Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home in recent years, and the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands.
We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place.
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.
At Dying Matters, we want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die - physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations and taking some careful decisions.
During Dying Matters Awareness Week, we're opening up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement and asking you to think about what it means to be in a good place to die.
How can I get involved with Dying Matters Awareness Week?
You can get involved in many ways - from taking the opportunity to have a conversation with colleagues and sharing stories on social media, to actively taking steps to prepare for end of life for you or your loved ones or even holding your own events during the week.
What matters is that you're creating a space for people to talk about being in a good place to die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place.
We have a resource pack
filled with messaging, graphics, images and social headers to help you with your Dying Matters Awareness Week activity.
During the week, we're asking people to:
- Tell stories - we know very little about people's experiences at the end of their lives, nor for those close to them. Help us understand what is happening to peple and families in the UK at the end of life and when they've been bereaved. Share your #DMAW21
story on Facebook
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #InAGoodPlace and #DMAW21.
While we know that face-to-face events may not be happening for a while yet, it is more important than ever for us to talk about death, dying and bereavement. You can still host zoom events, or if you wish, events in a safe and socially distant way.
A Dying Matters event can be a simple or as complex as you wish. What matters is that you're creating a space for people to talk about being in a good place to die - physically, financially and with the right care in place - and that you're doing so in a way that you feel comfortable you can deliver.