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Dying Matters Awareness Week 8-14 May 2023

From 8-14 May 2023, we’re encouraging communities across the country to come together to talk about death, dying and grief in the workplace.

Starting conversations about dying is often not as hard as you might think.

Every year, people around the country use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them. In 2023, Dying Matters Awareness Week will take place from 8-14 May.

Stigma around grieving, and a lack of understanding about what it means to be ill and what happens when you’re dying, mean that too many of us are struggling to cope when faced with life’s inevitable challenges. And the workplace is no exception. We spend so much of our lives at work – and we shouldn’t have to hide our experiences of death and dying from our colleagues, our peers, or our bosses. We want to create open and compassionate society where we are comfortable facing the realities of dying, death and grief.

By talking to those around you, you can help us make sure that workplaces are properly set up to support people who are ill, who are caring for those around them, or who have lost someone close to them.


Leeds Dying Matters Week Events

For full information please click here.

Thursday 4 May

  • Dying Matters ‘Let’s talk about it’, Coffee Morning | 127 Woodhouse Street, Leeds LS6 2PY | 11am-12.30pm

Monday 8 May

  • Things that matter to me at End of Life | Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Tempest Road, Leeds LS11 6RD (This event will be repeated on 9, 10 and 11 May at Ramgharia Sikh Centre, Roundhay Road Centre & Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café)

Tuesday 9 May

  • Hamwattan Centre Coffee Morning | Apna Centre, 5-11 Hares View, Leeds LS8 4LH | 10am-12pm
  • West Leeds Community Collaboration | a selection of events running from Tuesday 9 May until Friday 12 May | contact for more information.
  • Memorial Mandala Workshop** | Studio 6, North Light Arts Centre 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3DD | 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 10 May

  • Leeds Dying Matters Partnership event | Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds City Centre LS2 7HY | Wednesday 10th May | 10am-2:30pm
  • Good Grief Guiseley | Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BT | 10.30am-1pm
  • Leeds Gate Flower arranging session | 12pm-2pm

Thursday 11 May

  • Planning for End of Life** | Studio 6, North Light Arts Centre 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3DD | 10am-11am
  • Mosaic Making Workshop | Seagulls Reuse, 103 Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS3 1JL | 6.30pm-9pm

Friday 12 May

  • Rothwell Rhubarb Tarts WI, Lets Talk About Dying Cafe | St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Stybank Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS6 0EP | 11am-4pm
  • What Do You Want to Know About Death? | Kentmere Community Centre, Kentmere Avenue, Leeds LS14 1BW | 1pm-3pm
  • Talk it to Death** | Quaker Meeting House, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2BW | 7pm-8pm

Saturday 13 May

Tuesday 13 June

  • Event to remember, celebrate and reflect on our friend Azhar


*Please note: All details correct at time of going to print. Please check with organisers to confirm

** Independent events not funded by Dying Matters Leeds


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 #DyingMattersLDS23 and #DyingMattersAtWork.

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.