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Dying Matters

We need to demystify death, dying and bereavement so that it is seen as natural as the other big milestones in a life – birth, relationships, becoming an adult, education – and no longer a taboo subject.

We want the people of Leeds to:

  • Feel more comfortable talking about death and dying
  • Discuss their end of life wishes with family members and/or health and social care professionals.
  • Plan for their death including writing their will, registering as an organ donor and communicate their funeral wishes

To enable health and social care professionals/volunteers to:

  • Feel able to engage their own clients around planning for the last years of life

Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know have had had a “good death”.

We want to help you start those conversations.

Listen to what poet Ian McMillan has written about it.

The Dying Matters Leeds Partnership members are:

Age UK Leeds

Carers Leeds

Full Circle Funerals

Gooding Funeral Services

Leeds City Council – Arts Development

Leeds City Council – Adults and Health

Leeds City Council – Bereavement Services

Leeds City Council – Libraries

Leeds City Council – Museums

Leeds City Council – Public Health Resource Centre

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Bereavement Forum

Leeds Irish Health and Homes – Cara

NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups

Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

St Gemma’s Hospice

Thackray Medical Museum

University of Leeds

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

Heads Together


Angel of Youths


Leeds Older People’s Forum

Roscoe Methodist Church