Biggest week of death and dying events to get Dudley people talking about mortality

13 May 2019
People across Dudley will be encouraged to tackle one of life’s great taboos during the borough’s biggest ever week of events and activities aimed at starting conversations about death and dying. The initiative is part of the national Dying Matters Awareness Week campaign and is being overseen locally by Dying Matters Dudley, a coalition of healthcare professionals, funeral directors, charities and members of the community. Proceedings begin on Monday, May 13 and continue throughout the week until Saturday, May 18.

Activities include death cafes, in which people have a chance to talk about their mortality over a cuppa and a slice of cake, bucket list poetry workshops, performances and even a death video diary room inside a camper van to name but a few.


Organiser Gemma Allen, diversity and inclusion lead at Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge, said growing enthusiasm from people across different sectors meant this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week in Dudley was set to be the biggest to date.


She said: “A small group of us has been staging events around Dudley for Dying Matters Awareness Week for a few years now and the movement has been growing steadily.


“However, late last year we decided we really wanted to make a impact in 2019 and have brought together a broad coalition of professionals and volunteers to help as many people as possible take part in meaningful conversations about death and dying. The result is a packed programme of interesting and light-hearted events which we’re certain people will find useful and enjoyable.”


Gemma added: “Death has been a taboo subject since time immemorial but we’re seeing a big shift in society and people are now starting to open up about dying. The benefits of doing so are immense, particularly in terms of how people die. Encouraging open conversations around death and dying allows us to consider how and where we want to be cared for at end of life and how we want our lives to be remembered. Knowing what your final wishes are and discussing this with those close to you can make dying and bereavement less frightening.”


Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week theme is ‘Are We Ready?’


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