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Every year, Dying Matters Awareness Week is a time to encourage all communities to get talking about dying, hospices, and palliative care in whatever way, shape or form works.

This year, Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place from 2 - 6 May 2022.

Starting conversations about dying is often not as hard as you might think.

Use the points below as conversation starters. You don't need to discuss everything all in one go and do go at a pace that makes you feel comfortable and supported. 

  • Do you understand your current health situation?
  • Think about what matters the most to you.
  • Where would you like to be cared for; at home, in a hospice, or another location?
  • What religious, emotional, or social needs would you like to be considered?

Remember: It doesn't matter who starts the conversation. You might not find it as challenging as first feared and it will feel better for started talking.

Planning Ahead Tool

Hospice UK have joined forces with a number of institutions to create a Planning Ahead Tool. It will lead you, step by step, to think about your values and the things that matter most to you in life (and in dying).

This plan is by no means definitive and remember that your Advanced Care Plan can be a fluid document. You will need to inform your doctors or your loved ones of your views to ensure they can meet your wishes.



News and Stories From Dying Matters Week

Passion and Potato People: How ellenor’s Team Puts the Care in Catering

Passion and Potato People: How ellenor’s Team Puts the Care in Catering

Cooking skills. Catering knowhow. Years of experience in the hospitality industry. For Amanda’s role – Coordinator of ellenor’s Catering and Housekeeping team – there are plenty of capabilities required.


Mum Talks About Young Daughter’s Brave Cancer Journey

Mum Talks About Young Daughter’s Brave Cancer Journey

Last year life changed immeasurably for 12-year-old Saniya Nair and her family when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.


Mum Talks About Young Daughter’s Brave Cancer Journey
Volunteering Helps Balbir Find Happiness Again

Volunteering Helps Balbir Find Happiness Again

When Balbir Gill’s husband died unexpectedly she was left feeling bereft and lonely. But her volunteering work for ellenor has helped her face her grief and find enjoyment in helping others.



Downloadable Leaflets

Dying Matters have created five downloadable leaflets to help provide support and advice to help you get started talking and planning for death.

Things to do Before You Die

None of us want to think about getting ill and dying. But having a plan makes it easier for you and your loved ones when you are dying. Thinking about things like making a will, deciding what kind of care we’d like, or by making clear our wishes, can make our last days easier for us and the time after our death easier for our families and friends.

Supporting Bereavement

It can be very difficult to know what to say or do when someone you know has lost someone close. We often want to offer support. However, it can be hard to know what to say for fear of being intrusive or saying the wrong thing.

Let's Talk about Dying

Talking about death doesn’t bring death closer. It’s about planning for life, helping us make the most of the time that we have. However, starting the conversation, particularly with those close to you, is never easy. We don’t want to upset people, or sound gloomy. Still, families commonly report that it comes as a relief once the subject is brought out into the open.

Talking about Dying with People Affected by Dementia

Dementia, often presenting as memory loss, confusion and difficulty carrying out daily activities, affects about 800,000 people living in the UK.

Providing end of life care for people with dementia is a key part of delivering good quality care but many people put things off until it’s too late, often missing opportunities that could lead to improved quality of life.

Talking about Dying with Children

We can’t protect children from death. They encounter it all the time – whether it’s a mouse brought in by the cat or a grandparent dying. At an early age, they can form their own beliefs around it.