Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Every year in May, Dying Matters runs an awareness week – this year it is from 8-14 May and provides an opportunity to talk about dying, death and bereavement. Anyone can get involved; access resources and support or run an event.
The aim of Dying Matters Awareness Week is to get people talking about and more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement.
Kate Granger, a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, who sadly died in July 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Since her diagnosis, Kate wrote two books and launched the “hello my name is” campaign, which received national and international attention. She campaigned tirelessly for better end of life care. In this powerful and emotional ‘Kate’s Story’, Kate and her husband Chris discuss their situation with honesty, humour and pragmatism.