Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022
Running from 2-6 May, this year the week's theme is 'A Good Place to Die'.
There is no right or wrong place to die. It will be different for everyone. But families need to think about it, talk about it, and plan for it.
Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to think about dying, death and grief, and have important conversations with loved ones.
It’s important that we all know what it means for us and our loved ones to be in a good place to die – physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and crucially, with the right care and support.
St Nicholas Hospice Care resources that you may find useful
Please click on the links below to find out more about the resources and information our Hospice teams have developed.
We hope you find these resources useful, not just during Dying Matters Week, but beyond too.
Preparing for the end of life
People may become ill quickly, with no time to think through what is important to them if they were dying.
We’ve pulled together some information and guidance, which may help to support your conversations with loved ones, relatives or healthcare professionals about care planning and what’s important to you.
GraveTalk creates a space where questions around death and dying can be shared and discussed.
Having someone to talk to can often be invaluable – but how do you start those conversations?
Acts of kindness and the difference they can make
Working in partnership we’ve created a video that highlights the ways people can support each other when facing dying, caring and grief.
Alongside colleagues from Suffolk County Council and Offshoot Films, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Hospice Neighbours Team has created a video showing the importance of neighbourliness and how small acts of kindness really can make a difference.
Supporting children and young people living with bereavement
The Hospice’s Psychological Services team has created a number of resources to help support children and young people in times of grief or bereavement. They also sign post to other organisations and resources.
Resources from Hospice UK that you may find useful
Dying Matters, which is organised and run by Hospice UK, has several resources to help you get started talking and planning for death, including leaflets and podcasts.
Please click on the links below to view their resources.
(These are third-party resources, not created by St Nicholas Hospice Care).Listen to Hospice UK podcasts
Things to do before you die
How to get started with thinking about what you want at the end of life, and starting to plan.
It can be hard to know what to say or do when supporting someone who is bereaved. This leaflet is full of useful tips on how to help yourself and others in this difficult situation.
Talking about dying with children
We can’t protect children from death. This leaflet will help you talk to children to alleviate any fears or misunderstandings they may have about death and dying.