Dying Matters Week 2022

We want everyone to be #InAGoodPlace when they die – whatever that means for them.

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.

2-6 May 2022



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. And we know that it’s by talking, and by sharing stories, that we can remove the taboo and stigma that surround these topics.

We can also better understand what’s happening in our communities so that political and healthcare leaders know what is needed to make end of life care accessible to everyone.

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

Hello, my name is Jo and I’m part of the counselling team here at Alice House Hospice.

Our Counselling Team offers support to patients and families of Alice House in talking about their feelings around death and dying. This can open up the conversation about the patient’s wishes when they die and can benefit the family in knowing they are following their loved ones wishes.

Our Hospice allows families to come together at their most vulnerable moments and to be supported by all of our staff at the hospice throughout their time spent here.

We also offer bereavement support to people in our community. Grief impacts people in different ways but the heart felt pain and deep sadness is something we all have in common when someone we love dies. Being able to talk about and remember our loved one can be challenging, emotionally, physically and spiritually but this can be eased when being supported in the right way.

Our team are welcoming, supportive and willing to listen, in supporting our patients within the hospice and to promote emotional resilience with their families in living life after being bereaved.

My name is Maureen and I’m asking for your help.

I believe that everyone should be able die #InAGoodPlace – whoever and wherever they are. But that wasn’t the case for my parents, both of whom died at home during the pandemic without the specialist care and support they desperately needed.

When my parents were dying at home, I was shocked at how little help they received. And how little information was out there to support me and my family care for them in their final days.

As we prepare for Dying Matters Awareness Week, 2-6 May, please join me in calling on our political leaders to ensure that everyone gets good end of life care – whoever and wherever they are.

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