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Dying Matters Week: 2 – 6 May 2022

Dying Matters Awareness Week exists to help create a space for communities to have conversations about death and dying in whatever way works for them.

We understand it’s a topic that makes people feel anxious; it can feel hard to talk about, and people often worry about saying the wrong thing. This year, we’re joining the campaign for everyone to be

#InAGoodPlace when they die; that might mean physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and with the right care in place.

This week is our chance to get talking about death, dying and grief.

We want everyone to be #InAGoodPlace when they die; whatever that means for them. Right now, we know that people are dying without the support they need. We know that it’s by talking, and by sharing stories, that we can remove the taboo and stigma that surround these topics.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is our chance to get talking, to share stories, and to call for end of life care for all. Join the Dying Matters movement today.

Dying Matters: Join the Dying Matters Movement.  #InAGoodPlace

Resources for Support and Advice

Ataloss
Help for people who have been bereaved. Includes a search tool for local support,griefchat service, Grablife activity support weekends, bereavement support for men, and support for young people.
Website: www.ataloss.org

Child Bereavement UK provides information and support (including a helpline) when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.
Website: www.childbereavementuk.org

Compassionate Employers is Hospice UK’s workplace support programme, helping organisations and their employees to build an open, compassionate culture to support staff through grief, caring responsibilities, or a life-limiting illness.
Website: www.hospiceuk.org/compassionate-employers

Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity, which provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.
Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Hospice UK’s planning ahead tool, developed with palliative care expert Kathryn Mannix and others, leads you, step by step, to think about your own values and the things that matter most to you in life and in dying. It will explain some of the treatment decisions that may lie ahead and ask you to think about whether the length of your life, or the quality of the way you live, matters more to you:
Website: www.hospiceuk.org/latest-from-hospice-uk/new-planning-ahead-tool-launched

Hospice UK’s guide to end of life care provides clear and concise guidance about what to expect, what to ask and where you can get support when you or a loved one are facing the end of life.
Website: www.hospiceuk.org/information-and-support/your-guide-hospice-and-end-life-care

Marie Curie
The Marie Curie Support Line provides practical and emotional support
for anyone who’s been bereaved, whether it happened recently or some time ago. You can also get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer.
Support Phone Line: 0800 090 2309
Website: www.mariecurie.org.uk/support
Resources, including easy read versions: www.mariecurie.org.uk/publications

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.
Website: www.sands.org.uk

Sue Ryder supports people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost someone.
Website: www.sueryder.org

WAY (Widowed & Young) Foundation
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age.
It runs activities and support groups for people coping with grief.
Website: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk

Winston’s Wish
A child bereavement charity which offers specialist practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
Telephone: 08088 020 021
Website: www.winstonswish.org.uk

Dying Matters: Join the Dying Matters Movement. #InAGoodPlace

Hospice UK Help Guides

Hospice UK have made helpful guides about death and dying to help you have this difficult conversations, plan your end of life care and how to support someone who is bereaved.

Each of the links below opens a downloadable PDF:

Thing to do before you die

Support Bereavement

Let’s talk about dying

Talking about dying with people affected by dementia

Talking about dying with children

Recommended Reads

The Death Positive Libraries Book List
This book list was created as part of the Death Positive Library Project by Redbridge, Kirklees and Newcastle Libraries and Northumbria University, with recommendation and contributions from the libraries project team, expert
researchers at Northumbria University, various project partners, reading group authors, attendees at events and selected from relevant websites.
Website: https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/page/death-positive-libraries-book-list

BookTrust – Books about Grief for families
Books can help children to understand sad feelings – from losing a cherished toy to the death of a family member. BookTrust have suggested a few books to help them cope, prepare for future tough times, or just enjoy a good book together now.
Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/g/grief-and-loss-5-8-year-olds/

Local Cemeteries and Resting Places

Bath Natural Burial Meadow
A beautiful meadow, typical of the southern end of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with rolling agricultural land, flower-rich limestone grassland, deep valleys and woodland.
Website: https://www.leedam.com/locations/bath/?utm_source=gmb

Bath’s Historic Jewish Cemetery
The Jewish Burial Ground is located on the corner of Bradford Road and Greendown Place, Combe Down next to the Forester & Flower public house. It is not generally open but is usually open for a day as part of Bath’s annual Heritage Week.
Website: https://bathjewishburialground.org/

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
45 Acres of discovery: A unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol.
Website: https://arnosvale.org.uk/

Explore themes of Death and Dying in Art & Culture

The Good Grief Festival is a brilliant community of people talking about grief in a refreshing and honest way, with virtual talks, workshops and webinars held at online festivals through the year.
Website: www.goodgrieffest.com

 An illustration of the Death's Head Moth.
Good Grief Festival Logo


Death in Art: Life’s only guarantee
Memento Mori, vanitas, mortality — death is one of the most pervasive themes in art history. While many artworks celebrate afterlives in heaven or hell, death is most often referenced as grim reminder of numbered days, and a powerful motivator to live well while you can. Every culture has rituals surrounding death, appearing in artwork as icons and colors. Hourglasses and wilted flowers for the Dutch, the Cuckoo bird in Japan, the Totenkopf in Germany.
Explore more via Obelisk Art History

The image is of an impressionist painting called 'Iris in a Vase' by Marie Bracquemond in 1886.  The painting is oil on canvas.
Iris in a Vase is an Impressionist oil on canvas painting created by Marie Bracquemond in 1886. The image is in the public domain, and tagged flowersstill lifes and death in art.
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