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Dying Matters Awareness Week: 8-14 May -What Can You Do?

6 February 2017

It’s too easy just give up in the face of dying, death and bereavement. We’ve probably heard it, and may even have said it ourselves: “You’ve got to go sometime – what can you do about it?”

Following the success of the Big Conversation last year, we want Dying Matters week in 2017 to challenge people more. We are turning the shrug of the shoulders that goes with “What can you do about it?” into something more positive yet challenging: “What Can You Do?”

At the heart of it are the usual Dying Matters asks:  “What can you do for yourself?” Well, you can make a will, plan your funeral, decide on organ donation, plan your future care and, above all, you can write all this down.

But what else can you do? What can you do for your family, your friends, or for your community? How can you help people with a life limiting condition, or are caring for someone close to death? How can you support people dealing with grief?

We’ve created a landing page for the campaign  and over the next couple of months this will be populated with practical guides to encourage both planning for ourselves and support for others. There will be a series of items on the theme of “what can you do in 10 minutes” to help break end of life care planning into manageable tasks. There will be the questions you should ask a funeral director to help you get what you really want. And we’ll also have guides on working with local media, to help your Dying Matters event get local publicity.

Make sure to use the hashtag #WhatCanYouDo to share news of your event or any other activities, and follow it to find out what others are doing. 

The materials to put on a Dying Matters week event can be ordered here. Following feedback from last year’s membership survey, we’ve introduced a new, lower cost mini-pack of materials. And if you are putting on a DM week event, please register it here so we can share it, and others can find out about it. We want to make it easier for local groups to find each other, either to team up or share experiences .

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