Dying Matters

Where people die is changing. More and more people have been dying at home in recent years and the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands.

We know that when asked, more than four in five people say they would prefer to die at home, but we don’t know enough about what the reality of this looks like. We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place. The quality of care for some people at the end of their life is still not good enough. 

There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it. Planning for death is more important than ever in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken so many lives at such short notice, and in circumstances that are beyond our control. 

We want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations, and taking some careful decisions. 

Make sure that you and your loved ones are in a good place to die, Join the dying matters movement 

In memory of: 

The pandemic has been responsible for taking the lives of thousands of loved ones. The unpredictability of the pandemic has meant that for some of us, we never got to say goodbye before our loved ones died.  

We wanted to create a space where we could light a digital candle and celebrate the lives of those whom we lost. A safe space for us to take a moment and remember those we have lost to death, because dying matters. 

Please feel free to simply comment on our social media channels with the name of the person in your life you wish to light a digital candle for.   

Support and resources: 

For those of you looking for support, we have created a resource pack which is available by clicking here

This resource pack contains invaluable, up-to-date support and advice in these challenging times, dealing with death during Covid.   

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