10 - 16 May 2021 marked Dying Matters Awareness Week – 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.
Our research, released during the week, 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.
Join the @DyingMatters conversation on social media using the hashtags #InAGoodPlace and #DMAW21.
Our 2021 daily themes on social media explored what it means to be in a good place, and how you and your loved ones can plan for the end of life. They are:
Physically (place of death, Advance Care Planning)
Emotionally (talking about death, making sure loved ones are cared for)
Financially (making a will, making funeral plans)
Spiritually (How different faith groups talk about and prepare for death)
Digitally (Looking at digital assets, social media, online banking)
These provided a chance to look deeper at how different aspects of dying – some not always immediately considered – can affect being ready to die and those left behind.