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Happy New Year!

It can feel strange wishing each other a happy new year with so many of us facing challenging circumstances and so much uncertainty ahead. Yet a new year presents new opportunities for Dying Matters, and we know that it is more important than ever to support people to talk about death, dying and bereavement. 

This month, we're answering your questions on Dying Matters Awareness Week and sharing news from the frontline. Plus, a warm welcome to Hospice UK's new Chair and one final survey to make the Dying Matters website the best it can be. 

As you know, our mission is to create an open culture that talks about death and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved.

Dying Matters Awareness Week, running from 10 - 16 May 2021, is a chance to make this happen - to bring people and partners together to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise public openness around death. 

The theme will be announced in the next few weeks. What makes this year different is that as well as providing a focal point for the Awareness Week, this theme will extend beyond the week itself, broadening out activity and opportunities to get involved. 

You can take part in Dying Matters Awareness Week in many ways - from having a conversation with colleagues or sharing stories online to holding your own events during the week.

Where can I find information about Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021?

All information will be sent directly to your inbox, as well as being shared on our website and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed

I'm not sure how I can get involved.

A Dying Matters event can be a simple or as complex as you wish. What matters is that you're creating a space for people to talk about death, dying or grief, and that you're doing so in a way that you feel comfortable you can deliver. 

Find out more

Hospice UK and Dying Matters are part of Our Frontline, a coalition of leading mental health charities providing round-the-clock mental health support for those working on the frontline against COVID-19.

Last week, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke with frontline workers and workers from Hospice UK's Just 'B' helpline about the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis for those working on the frontline, and why it is vital that they are able to reach out for support at such a critical time.

Watch the video

Got 5 minutes? We need you! Help us make the Hospice UK and Dying Matters websites better by taking this short test to see if you can find info on the site. With your help, we can make sure we're there for those looking for info or support.

Start now. 

We're delighted to welcome Paul Jennings as the new Chair of Hospice UK and Dying Matters, bringing with him 40 years of experience across a range of NHS organisations, including critical care and services for older people. 

Discover more

And finally...
Thanks to your involvement, we are able to move towards breaking the stigma around death.

We rely on you to help us help others to become better informed. Spread the word. 
Ask your friends and family to join Dying Matters.
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