Dying Matters Awareness Week

8-14 May 2017

What Can You Do?

You can do something to help someone cope with dying, death and bereavement

Dying Matters’ mission is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.


Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, we ask What Can You Do? This aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community.

Dying Matters come to Wirral

Members of Wirral End of Life Care Charter Partnership group are going to try the impossible to get people from Wirral talking about death. An event is taking place at the foyer in the main entrance at Arrowe Park Hospital on Thursday 11th May 2017 between 9.00 and 5.00pm as part of the nationwide annual Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The public awareness event will feature information and literature regarding Wirral End of Life Care Charter and Dying Matters. 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.

About 1% of the UK population dies each year, which means about 320,295 will die in Wirral this year, and each of those deaths will affect many more people in different ways.

This event is one of hundreds taking place across England for Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from May 8-14. 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

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 North West, the research found that 33% have made a will and 27% have discussed their funeral wishes.

4 May 2017