Dying Matters is Hospice UK’s flagship campaign, that aims to create an open culture that talks about death and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved.
Having those difficult conversations with family, friends and your workplace is never easy, but there are many support organisations across the UK to help you.
“If we struggle to talk about death and grief, how can we react with compassion when our colleagues and friends need support?”Imogen Thomas, Senior Brand and Campaigns Manager at Hospice UK
“Dying Matters Awareness Week is a great way for communities across the UK to get this conversation started. If dying matters, then it matters at work too. By bringing people together, you can help us get the UK talking about death and grief in the workplace and in society more widely.”
For Dying Matters Awareness Week, we’re taking a look at some of the support available to those in the UK.
This unique campaign run by Hospice UK that works with individuals and the general public. It promotes awareness and support to help change knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement and aims to ensure that all people have access to high quality care and support at the end of their lives.
Compassion in Dying
This UK charity helps people choose the treatment and care that’s right for them, including at end of life. Available both online and by post, they provide free resources and information booklets including specific materials for Black, Asian and ethnic minorities, LGBT and faith groups.
Coordinate My Care
This NHS tool coordinates care for those at end-of-life. It aims to reduce hospital admissions in the last 90 days of life by by sharing information such as diagnosis, medical details, resuscitation status, medication, and recommendations for urgent care services.
Working With Cancer
This organisation provides support for people living with cancer and carers to manage work related matters in a safe and sustainable manner. It also offers guidance for employers to better support employees dealing with cancer.
At A Loss
This charity has a simple aim, to help bereaved people find support. It signposts bereaved people to national and local sources of support in their local area and runs a free 6 week, online course using films and small groups to help people work through their grief. It also offers free professional support via its online GriefChat service.
Cruse Bereavement Support
National charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It offers emotional support, advice and information to children, young people and adults who are bereaved. There is a freephone national helpline, local services, a website and hopeagain.org.uk aimed specifically for children and young people. Services are provided by a network of trained volunteers and are confidential and free.