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Ashgate Hospice > Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023

What is Dying Matters?

Dying Matters is a campaign run by Hospice UK that is working to create an open culture around dying and grief and break the taboo that stops us from talking about it. 


How to get involved

Talking about death, dying and bereavement is hard. It can feel awkward or uncomfortable and can be hard to talk about with friends and family. We are committed to helping break the stigma around talking about death and want to normalise conversations around dying.

Everyone can play a part in this year’s Dying Matters Week, by talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them.  

Helping conversations happen

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What is a good death?

For many people, trying to comprehend the concept of a ‘good death’ may seem impossible, particularly so soon after the death of a loved one. You might think that the term is jarring and insensitive; that the words ‘good’ and ‘death’ should not be in the same sentence. 

However, for us at Ashgate Hospice, and for our palliative and end of life care colleagues across the UK, we believe the term ‘good death’ can have positive connotations.

Explore what a ‘good death’ means
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Death Café Event

What is a Death Café?

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Intrigued? Join us for healthy and insightful conversations.

Everyone welcome.

Sunday 14th May, 3-5pm

Learn more about the Death Café here
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Life and Death Podcast

The Life and Death Podcast explores frank and honest conversations around death and what ‘dying well’ really means. Each episode welcomes both givers and receivers of end-of-life care, to discuss their unique relationships, hospice life, and how death affects the living.

Listen to The Life and Death Podcast