Dying Matters Week 2024

It is national Dying Matters Awareness Week, a time when people around the UK people are encouraged to talk about dying whatever way, shape or form works for them. This National Awareness Week is run by charity, Hospice UK.

This year’s theme, ‘The way we talk about Dying Matters’, focuses on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying – specifically between healthcare professionals and patients, their carers and their families.

Honest, timely conversations about death and dying are essential to good end of life care. Yet all too often barriers, including lack of confidence, taboos around discussing death, and confusion about who should be having these conversations mean patients, carers and families may not understand what is happening, or get all the information and support they need.

This year, Dr Lucy Pain a Dying Matters expert has curated a list of useful books (and more) to help start conversations and thinking around death and dying. We love this list and hope it might be useful if you’re looking for resources to help you or someone you know have a conversation about dying. You can download the posters here.

Dying Matters Week poster