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It's Dying Matters Awareness Week!
"I don't know what's going to happen, but we're going to try our best."

When Ike's wife, Mimi, was diagnosed with terminal cancer at just 37, Ike didn't want to hear about the plans she was putting in place to make sure that Ike and their children were able to cope after she had gone. 

But the preparations she made were invaluable to the family. From instructing her son to carry on with his piano lessons to leaving a video to be watched by friends and family after she had gone; Mimi's plans not only helped her and those around her, but also meant that she was in a good place when she died. 

Ike said, "She did everything she needed to do for me and my children."

Today, to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week, we're sharing stories like Ike's to show what it means to be #InAGoodPlace to die. 
Watch the film
Our latest research finds that thousands are dying each year without their wishes being met
It has been a year like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic has put death and loss at the forefront of the nation's consciousness. 

Our research, released today, has found that people in the UK do not have end of life plans in place because they are unaware of what to do, and unsure of how to talk about it. 

Just 13% of adults say they've let a close friend or family member know where they want to be when they die, and just three in ten know how to make arrangements to ensure they die in the place they would wish to. 

We need to be braver about talking about death, dying and bereavement, and better at making sure the right plans are put in place to protect ourselves and our loved ones at the end of life. 
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Exploring attitudes to place of death

Today, we've also published a policy briefing looking at where people are dying, how this is changing and in particular, a significant increase during the pandemic in people dying in their own homes.

Read the briefing.  
What to look out for this week
Sharing stories

All week we'll be sharing real stories on our website and social channels, like those of David, Ellie and Ike in the Dying Matters film, that demonstrate what it means to be in a good place to die. 
Watch the Dying Matters film
Supporting events nationwide

There are hundreds of events happening across the UK that explore the #InAGoodPlace theme - check out the full calendar of events and get involved!
See what's on
We need you! 

We can't do this alone. You can help us understand what is happening to people and families in the UK at the end of life, and when they have been bereaved by telling us about your experiences. 

Share your #DMAW21 story on 
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by emailing
Don't forget...
Join the @DyingMatters conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #InAGoodPlace and #DMAW21.
Have a great Dying Matters Awareness Week! 
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