WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
Dying Matters helps all adults, whatever age and state of heath, to talk about their preferences for end of life care. Talking about dying and death ahead of time ensures that wishes are known and appreciated if the unexpected should happen.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
People are uncomfortable talking about dying and death, meaning that when they come to the end of their lives friends and loved ones are not aware of their preferences. Society as a whole has never been less exposed to death. As a result, fear of the unknown means that people sometimes avoid people who are ill or dying, and do not feel able to support them. To be successful, we first have to change attitudes and behavior of people across society.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
The Dying Matters Coalition’s mission is to promote awareness and support changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards dying, death and bereavement, and through this to make a ‘good death’ the norm. Our website helps people start those difficult conversations.
The Coalition is made up of more than 28,000 members. This includes organizations from across the NHS and the voluntary and independent health and care sectors, including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement, from social care and housing sectors, from a wide range of faith organizations, community organizations, schools and colleges, academic bodies, trade unions, the legal profession and from the funeral sector.
Working together, members of the Dying Matters Coalition are encouraging people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones.
In addition, every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, our Awareness Week ran from 9-15 May and had the theme 'The Big Conversation'.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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