This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place from 2-6 May, and the theme continues to focus on the importance of being ‘in a good place to die’. Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. In 2020, 28% of people in the UK died at home. We have very little evidence about the quality of these deaths, and whether the right care and support was in place.

With gaps in support structures for people when they die, and for those that are left behind, people are dying without being in the right place. Often, people don’t feel prepared, and they haven’t fulfilled their wishes or communicated them to loved ones.

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.

We want to raise the profile of the care that does exist and the benefit that it gives to dying people and their families. And we want to raise our voices to highlight what needs to change for people at the end of life.

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.

In Leeds our popular annual Dying Matters event at Kirkgate Market is back this year, and taking place on 5 May from 10-3pm. You can listen to a New Orleans Jazz Band, find out about wills, estate planning, lasting powers of attorney and end of life planning, decorate a coffin, sing along with a gospel choir and visit one of many information stalls.

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