Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023
Running from 8-14 May, this year the week is encouraging communities to come together to talk about death, dying and grief in the workplace
Every year, people around the country use Hospice UK’s Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them.
As a Hospice, we believe everyone in our communities should have support, dignity and choice when facing dying, death and grief.
We are keen advocates for talking about all aspects of dying, death and grief.
We spend so much of our lives at work – and we shouldn’t have to hide our experiences of death and dying from our colleagues, our peers, or our bosses. Those we meet at work, often become friends and form part of our support networks.
We want to use 2023’s Dying Matters Awareness Week to reach out to local businesses and companies, to let them know a little bit more about St Nic’s, signpost to services and share with them a little bit more about the Dying Matters Awareness Week campaign.
Informative event for businesses
Join us for a special event on Thursday, 11 May, from 6-7.30pm.
We will be holding an informal event for local businesses at our Hospice building in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, to support Dying Matters Awareness Week.
The theme for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week is encouraging communities across the country to come together to talk about death, dying and grief in the workplace. We want to help start that conversation by having an interactive session and supportive group discussion.
As part of the event, we’ll also tell you a little bit more about what we do. You can meet members of our staff team and find out about our work in the wider community and the difference we make to the lives of our patients and their families.
Our catering team will also provide tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.
If you’d like to join us, please book your place(s) using the form below.
Book your space at our special event
Resources from Hospice UK that you may find useful
Dying Matters Awareness Week, 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).
Struggling to know what to say
Some 57% of employees will have experienced a bereavement in the last five years (Hospice UK, 2022), and every day, more than 600 people leave work to look after older and disabled relatives (Carers UK, 2019). And yet, fewer than one in five managers feel as comfortable as they could supporting someone they manage with a bereavement.
During Dying Matters Awareness Week, Hospice UK will be running a webinar on 11 May at 11.30am on ‘How to talk about death at work’.
Hosted by Hospice UK’s Compassionate Employers programme, you’ll hear from Simon Blake, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England and Chair of Dying Matters, and Aongola Victor Simuyemba, Bereavements Lead at Monzo.
Test your Compassionate Superpowers
‘Compassionate Superpowers’ can help us to have meaningful and compassionate conversations with other people, at work and outside.
Whether you’re stronger in some superpowers than others, or not, they’re all skills which can be learned and practised. Why not test yourself, or try it with colleagues or friends?
Hospice UK have designed some flashcards which you can cut out and use.
Fold the card and ask the person (or people) you’re talking to, to answer the questions. Then turn the card over to see which compassionate superpower it relates to and tips for practising it.
Did you know
• Only 17% of managers would feel very confident supporting a direct report who was bereaved
• 77% of 18-34-year-olds would consider leaving their job if they didn’t get proper support when bereaved
• Less than a third of employees are aware their employer has a bereavement policy.
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.