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Dying Matters Awareness Week: Are We Ready?

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019

Every May, bereavement experts, healthcare professionals, funeral directors, hospices and members of the public take part in the UK’s biggest conversation on end of life topics - Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Whether looking at the practicalities of dying or the emotional impact of bereavement, it’s assumed that many of us still struggle to talk about death. By engaging communities in a week long discussion, the 2019 Dying Matters Awareness Week looks to give people all over Britain the opportunity to talk.

Each day, from May 13th-19th, different aspects of dying and end-of-life issues are discussed and brought out into the open, giving people the chance to discuss openly a topic that’s often seen as taboo.

Through activities organised by charities, social groups and individual members of the public, people are brought together to debate some of life’s most pressing questions.

For the last two years, the question asked has been what can you do? The focus was on encouraging different communities to engage in end-of-life discussions and see how they could help with those facing any of the many issues that bereavement and death can bring.

The question being posed by Dying Matters this year is are we ready? That means, are we ready for our own death? Are we ready for the deaths of those we love? And, in keeping with the philosophy of Dying Matters, are we ready to help?

Each weekday will have its own theme with the aim of promoting specific discussions within the bigger concept of death awareness. This years themes are:

Monday - Funeral costs
Tuesday - Memorialisation
Wednesday - Grieving for a pet
Thursday - Support for those who are estranged from/have no family
Friday - Diversity and inclusion at end of life

Dying Matters Awareness Week is about getting people asking questions like:

  • Are we ready to help someone put their affairs in order?
  • Are we ready to help someone we know who is caring for someone suffering a terminal illness?
  • Are we support someone who has recently been bereaved?
  • Or, something as simple as, are we ready to talk about death?

There are special events which you can get involved in happening all throughout the country so make sure you check out what’s going on in your local area on the map below.

Keep up to date with everything and be ready to answer the question are we ready? by following Dying Matters on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation with #AreWeReady. And be sure to follow Funeral Guide on Facebook and Twitter.