This year, Dying Matters Awareness Week is focusing 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. There is 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.

Betters Lives Leeds wants to raise the profile of the care that does exist and the benefit that it gives to dying people and their families, as well as highlighting what needs to change for people at the end of life.

People of all ages should 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. 

 To find out what’s happening in Leeds for Dying Matters Awareness Week, and see the resources available to support with having those conversations, visit www.dyingmattersleeds.org.

Dying Matters Awareness Week will be promoted across social media with relevant messages and information links. Follow @BetterLivesLDS and retweet using hashtags #DyingMattersLDS21 and #InAGoodPlace.