10th-16th May 2021 is Dying Matters Awareness Week.
10th-16th May 2021 is Dying Matters Awareness Week. Here at The Eternal Debate we agree with their goals to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise talking about death.
Where people die is changing. More and more people have been dying at home in recent years. And the pandemic has seen this number leap by tens of thousands.
We know that when asked, more than four in five people say they would prefer to die at home, but we don’t know enough about what the reality of this looks like. We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place. The quality of care for some people at the end of their life is still not good enough.
There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it. Planning for death is more important than ever in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken so many lives at such short notice, and in circumstances that are beyond our control.
We want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations, and taking some careful decisions.
Make sure that you and your loved ones are in a good place to die – join the Dying Matters movement here.