Dying Matters Awareness Week, 2-6 May, is our chance to get our community talking about dying and grief. We are supporting this initiative by Hospice UK.
We want everyone to be #InAGoodPlace when they die – physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and crucially, with the right care and support.
Right now, we know that people are dying without the support they need. Since the start of the pandemic, it is estimated that almost 70,000 people have died at home without access to specialist care. The past two years have accelerated this issue like never before.
We know that it’s by talking, and by sharing stories, that we can change the conversation about death. When we talk about dying and grief, we remove the taboo and stigma that have for too long surrounded these topics. And 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 in the UK.
What can I do?
Talking about dying and grief, and our plans for the end of life is not a light topic. However, some of the most important conversations are not easy ones to have. Here are a few ideas you can take action on:
Write to your MP: We know that not everyone gets the quality end of life care they deserve. Help us show our political leaders what is needed to make end of life care accessible to everyone across the UK, no matter who they are. Take action today.
Write your will: There are many practical reasons for writing a will but one of the biggest is to save time, money, and stress for your loved ones. Writing a will determines who will manage your estate and it also decides who gets your assets and property — and who does not.
CSPA members can receive free legal advice and support with their will writing. Visit the members area for more information.