6th May 2021

Dying Matters Week 2022

Dying matters.

But – death, dying and bereavement remain taboo subjects in society. This can affect our ability to access the right care, and to decide where we die.

From May 2nd to 6th 2022, we join Hospice UK for its annual Dying Matters Awareness Week to help break the stigma and normalise openness around death, dying and bereavement.

We explore this year’s theme ‘being in a good place to die’ – and ask what this means to you.

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.

Whether they want to die at home, or at the hospice, we support our patients to be in a good place to die – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And, we ensure their loved ones are cared for through their bereavement too.

Find out how we support patients, and their loved ones.

Get involved

Write on our chalkboard

You can join the conversation over on our virtual chalkboard. Share what it means to you to be in a good place to die.

Read a blog by social worker Alizah

Alizah Pervez, Social Worker

“The topic of death is often regarded a ‘taboo’ topic,” writes Alizah. “Many of us discuss our plans, dreams and hopes for life – but have you considered your wishes, views, or apprehensions about your death?

“If we never talk about our wishes for the end of our lives, how can we ensure they will be met?”

Read Alizah’s blog post in full.

Join the Dying Matters movement

Can you help Dying Matters build a better understanding of people’s experiences of dying? Join the Dying Matters movement to help it ensure everyone is in a good place when they die.

Write your Will for free

Being in a good place to die can not only mean physically and emotionally, but financially too. Writing a Will can help give you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out, and your loved ones cared for, after you’ve gone.

You can write your Will for free with our partners Bequeathed. Find out more and write your Will for free.

Watch and share a powerful video by Dying Matters

Access resources

Useful reading

Dying Matters has produced a series of useful leaflets on a variety of subjects around death, dying and bereavement. Click the images below to read each document.

Things to do before you die
Supporting bereavement
Let’s talk about dying
Talking about dying with people affected by dementia
Talking about dying with children

Video resources

We have put together a selection of videos which you may find useful when thinking about, or talking about, death and bereavement. The first is by Refuge in Grief, and explores how to be there for a grieving friend.

The next is by Andy Schwab, St Richard’s Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker, and looks at how to support people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to manage pre, and post, bereavement.

Watch a presentation by our Family Support Team on how to support children bereaved by Covid-19. You can also hear from members of our Sunflower Bereavement Group on how peer support helped them through the grieving process.

What is Dying Matters?

Dying Matters believes in an open culture that talks about death, and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved.

The lack of openness in society has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families.

It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish. We want to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise public openness around death, dying and bereavement.


28th April 2017

Dying Matters Week

 People in Worcester and Evesham are being encouraged to think about what they hope to achieve in life as part of national Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The Awareness Week from 8 – 14 May, aims to place the importance of talking about death, dying and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

St Richard’s Hospice will be taking to the high streets of the two centres with a Before I Die Board in Evesham (Tuesday, 9th May) and Worcester (Thursday 11th May). The Before I Die board is an international initiative where a four sided blackboard is put in a public space and allows people to write on it in chalk what they hope to achieve, do or be remembered for.

The goal is to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a Will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.  The board will be run by Alice Spearing, St Richard’s Engagement Officer, and the hospice Family Support Team.

Ms Spearing said, “We are hoping the board will create a buzz on the high street and start conversations around death, dying and bereavement. About 1% of the UK population dies each year, which means about 5,000 people will die in Worcestershire this year, and each of those deaths will affect many more people in different ways. Talking about death can be a bit awkward at first, but it is something we all have to face. Talking about death makes it easier to plan for and to deal with when it happens.”

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters week is “What Can You Do” as it challenges people to do something practical. This might be something for themselves, like making a Will, or something for someone else who is bereaved, or caring for a dying relative. This could be something as simple as cooking a meal or walking the dog, but can make a huge difference to someone coping with death or bereavement.

Claire Henry MBE, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters coalition, said “we should not be afraid of talking about death, I know that everyone has questions and concerns, its good talk about it as we can all get our plans in place and then get on with living. “

Research from ComRes, commissioned by Dying Matters in 2016, found that only 35% of British adults had made a will, and only 30% have discussed their funeral wishes. For the West Midlands, the research found that the region is lower than the national average with 32% having made a Will and 25% having  discussed their funeral wishes.

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, and the events on across the country, please see http://www.dyingmatters.org/page/map-awareness-week-events-2017

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.