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Living with Dying:
Everyday Cultures of Dying within Family Life in Britain, 1900-50s

In twentieth-century Britain, dying was both extraordinary and an ‘everyday’ experience. Whilst the death of a loved one was a momentous emotional event for the family involved, within the wider community death occurred regularly.

Does the past matter? This research project is investigating the history of death, dying and the relationship between the living and the dead in twentieth-century Britain. It focuses on the place of death, dying and the dead in everyday and family life, asking how families think and talk about dying, what happens when someone passes away, and how deceased relatives are remembered and ‘kept alive’ over many years.

This project has been generously supported by The Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is being led by Dr Laura King at the University of Leeds. Find out more about the project team and the project partners.

Dying Matters in Leeds 2017 Survey

The Dying Matters Partnership is a multi-sector partnership of organisations which steers the Leeds Dying Matters campaign to raise awareness of and encourage conversations about death and dying.

Each year the partnership runs a survey to find out about people’s attitudes to death, dying and bereavement and to find out how aware people are of the Dying Matters in Leeds Campaign.  The findings will be used to inform future advice and support services to encourage people to talk about death and dying.

The survey is now live and can be accessed here.

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