Dying Matters Awareness Week launch event

20 January 2016
Monday saw the Dying Matters Awareness Week launch. This was a sell-out event, with around 160 delegates in attendance, which made it ideal for networking and hearing about peoples’ plans for Dying Matters Awareness Week itself (9th – 15th May).

CEO Claire Henry opens launch

The event was opened by the CEO of the National Council of Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, Claire Henry, who launched our new materials and announced the theme of this year’s Awareness Week – The Big Conversation.

Partnerships with Conversations for Life and In the End..Care were also announced. The Conversation Game, a product of Conversations for Life, are cards that people can use to generate conversations about end-of-life care and the Circle of Life board game is aimed at health and social workers.

Talks were given by Sarah Pennells, personal finance journalist, author and founder of Savvy Woman, Fran Glover and Carrie Weekes from A Natural Undertaking, Dead Social’s, James Norris and Jon Underwood, founder of Death Cafe.

Dying Matters’ own Sarah Stone and Rachel Zammit, Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well partnership, provided information on how to get involved with Dying Matters Awareness Week on social media and in your community.

The day finished with a moving video by Jane Harris in memory of her son Josh.

There was a lot of Twitter activity throughout the day and we even got #BigConversation trending at one point!

Presentations and resources are available online at the Dying Matters website.

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