Covid 19 is a reminder of how fragile life is and the importance of planning ahead. The on-going pandemic has raised big questions about how and where we die, who we are with at the end and what care and support we have in place.
#DMAW22 is an opportunity to start the conversation around death, dying and grief. It is important to talk about these difficult times in life to remove the stigma. Talking about it helps us to make plans and helps us to support others.
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 in the UK, 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.
Dying Matters Awareness Week is our chance to join the Dying Matters movement – to get talking about death and dying, and to call for end of life care for all.
Let’s talk about dying and grief, and our plans for the end of life, so that everyone can die #InAGoodPlace, no matter who they are.
This year Compassionate Communities NI with partners Northern Health and Social Care Trust, author Emma Heatherington, Libraries NI, Age Friendly Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council are delivering a program of events throughout the week. Events aim to increase public death literacy and death preparedness. The week also aims to highlight the areas where our healthcare, community and political systems can help address the need to ensure that people have the support to die in a good place.
For more information on :
Advance Care Planning café events in Derry~Londonderry or Omagh
and the Big Book Club Night
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