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Dying Matters Week | 11-17 May 2020

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week theme is Dying To Be Heard’ and focuses on how to help by listening. How many people want to talk about death, but feel they have no one to talk to about it? How many people are Dying To Be Heard? We need to consider how we respond when someone wants to discuss death, or grief, or their will, or funeral plans, for example.

It’s too easy to dodge that conversation with a joke or a “maybe later” but we know it’s hard for people to talk about death and the practical aspects of getting ready for it. So when someone wants to talk about death, we owe it to them to be the other half of that conversation. If they want to talk, we need to listen. Maybe it’s time that you started the conversation… What music, hymns or songs matter to you? Have you thought about writing a will? What kind of funeral do you want – cremation or burial? Churchyard or natural burial ground? Are there three places you’d like to go to before you die?

Dying Matters Week Events

Our popular annual Dying Matters event at Kirkgate Market has unfortunately had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

Our many partnership members who would have had stalls and been available to talk, provide advice and answer your questions on the day are disappointed to miss this valuable opportunity. They are all listed on our Members page, do look up their websites for information and contact details.

Download our Dying Matters Leeds 2020 poster (.pdf)

Virtual Death Cafe

Leeds Bereavement Forum is holding a virtual Death Cafe on Wednesday 13 May at 11am. For more details please visit their website.

Keep in touch

Dying Matters Awareness Week will be promoted across social media with relevant messages and information links; and we ask that you follow us @BetterLivesLDS and retweet using hashtags #DyingMattersLDS20, #DyingToBeHeard and #BeforeTheirTime

Dying Matters UK has created a social media theme for each day of Dying Matters Awareness Week. We will post and link relevant messages, information or stories and invite your comments.

Monday – Traumatic and sudden death
Tuesday – Carers
Wednesday – Homelessness
Thursday – Stillbirth and miscarriage
Friday – Mental Health

Your stories

If you have your own story to tell, please visit our Real stories page and fill in the form.