Dying Matters newsletter
Here at Dying Matters we like to keep you updated about the latest news, findings, events and work we're undertaking to raise awareness of death, dying and bereavement across England. Our quarterly newsletters, listed in date order below, do just this.
- Dying Matters Coalition members can receive the newsletter by post. Become a member of the Dying Matters Coalition.
- We also produce a monthly e-newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for the Dying Matters e-newsletter.
The lead story in the Spring issue was the Health Service Ombudsman’s shocking report on the care of older people in hospitals. The Ombudsman found a litany of neglect and serious failings by the NHS. We also previewed Dying Matters Awareness Week, from 16-22 May, and reported on the launch of the Dying Matters Coalition Schools’ Lesson Plan at Parliament, which calls for all secondary school pupils to learn about dying and death as part of the national curriculum.
This month's edition discusses the Government's consultation which includes a proposal for a national choice offer for those people who choose to die at home. Also in this edition is Dying Matters GP Pilot Poject aimed at boosting doctor's confidence in end of life conversations, articles on spiritual support, lesson plan for teachers project, West Essex campain launch and education and training from St Peter's Hospice. Finally, do read Yvonne's story on page 4.
This month, Dying Matters and its members celebrated El Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead. This centuries-old Mexican holiday is a true celebration of death as a part of life, where communities across Mexico commemorate loved ones through music, dance, artistry and feasting. This month's edition looks at how Dying Matters used this unique celebration to encourage converstaion and stimulate debate in every corner of the country.
In this edition, we look back on the success of Awareness Week, reflect on the outcome of the general election and look to a variety of fantastic events and outreach activities that have taken place over the last few months and are planned for the future.
If you’re stuck for event or awareness-raising ideas, do take inspiration from our back page which is packed with suggestions to help you get started.
This month sees the first Dying Matters Awareness Week from 15th – 21st March, with events and activities taking place nationwide. The newsletter gives just some examples of the awareness raising activities being held my members across the country, using this opportunity to reach out to the public. Whether it’s an exhibition in a hospice or a tea party, we are encouraging everyone to get involved and talk to their friends, family and loved ones. Read this newsletter to find out more...
The third newsletter, and last of 2009, has been created in our new and improved design. It highlights how Dying Matters has been engaging with organisations across England over the last few months to raise awareness in our communities. The stories cover our recent Survey results, fringe events party conferences, local awareness raising events, our parliamentary launch, and preparations for Dying Matters Awareness Week in March.
The second newsletter officially presents our new name and logo for the ‘Dying Matters’ coalition. It also provides feedback from our inaugural forum held on 13th May 2009, future events planned to raise awareness of death, dying and bereavement in the UK and an introduction to the Dying Matters Team.
The first newsletter sets out our aims and approach to setting up the Coalition as well as some of the work already in progress. Thank you to those who responded to our survey at the end of the year when we asked you to tell us what you were currently doing to raise public awareness. A summary of responses is included in the first newsletter.