Dying Matters Awareness Week, 8th-14th May

Placing the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda

Every year in May, Dying Matters and their coalition members like LOROS host an awareness week, which gives everyone including hospices, their patients, carers and families an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

How you can support the event

‘Let's talk’ chalkboard cube

From 8-14th May we will be taking to the city and county with an over-sized chalkboard cube and this year the cube will have the following questions:

  • Before I die, I want to…
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What music do you want at your funeral?
  • What do you want written on your headstone?

The chalkboard encourages people to talk about dying in a more light-hearted way and really does help to kick-start those difficult conversations. Please find below the dates, times and places of the Dying Matters cube:

  • Monday 8th May - LOROS Hospice, Leicester - 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday 9th May - East Midlands Ambulance Service, Gorse Hill Ambulance Station - 9.30am-3pm
  • Wednesady 10th May - King Power Stadium, Leicester - 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 11th May - Gates Garden Centre, Rutland - 10am-3pm
  • Friday 12th May - Clock Tower, Leicester City Centre - 10am-3.30pm

Continuing Bonds

In addition, the LOROS Research team has teamed up with the University of Bradford to create their ‘Continuing Bonds’ exhibition, which will be available to view at Leicester Cathedral during Dying Matters Week. The exhibition explores the varying behaviour different cultures and societies, both present and past, show when their loved ones die.

For more details download our exhibition flyer

Celebrity video shorts

We have also filmed a number of celebrities talking about death and dying to help raise awareness of the national campaign. With death and dying being such a difficult topic to talk about, the idea behind the short videos is to prompt people who are watching to have those important conversations with their loved ones.

For more information see our press release. You can also read more about the Continuing Bonds exhibition and watch the videos on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Did you know?

LOROS Hospice is a local charity and every year we care for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We deliver free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.

Our care is not only provided in the hospice building; hospice teams also work in a wide range of other settings, including in people’s homes.

We have been providing specialist education and training to health and social care professionals for the past 10 years, those working in other settings beyond hospices, including care homes and hospitals.