Taking place across Scotland from 10-16 May, Demystifying Death Week is about shining a light on death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. We are encouraging people to get involved by holding online events that bring death, dying and bereavement into the limelight.
People usually want to do the right thing when someone they know is caring, dying or grieving. But often they can feel awkward offering help, or worry about making things worse.
People often have questions about serious illness or death. But often they don’t know who to ask.
Making plans when you’re healthy means there is less to think about when you’re ill. But often people put off making plans until it is too late.
Demystifying Death week is about giving people knowledge, skills and opportunities to plan and support each other through death, dying, loss and care.
Since the first death awareness week back in 2013, each May, people across Scotland have organised local events giving people the chance to talk about death, dying and bereavement.
Hospices, community groups, NHS and arts organisations have organised a range of events including death cafes, pebble painting, exhibitions, information stands, film showings, discussion groups and much more.
Since the first death awareness week back in 2013, each May, people across Scotland organise local events giving people the chance to talk about death, dying and bereavement.
Covid-19 restrictions to face-to-face meetings mean that this year will look very different. Plans include the launch of a new online Death Club, and a suite of new public information films.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief is inviting members to get involved by putting on their own events, and is providing support to help people take their events online. Potential ideas for events include online lectures, information events or discussion sessions; online film screenings and book clubs.
More information about Demystifying Death Week, including links to further information and resources, is available here: Demystifying Death Week
Various resources are available for those wishing to organise an event:
– Leaflets – giving ideas of how to provide support
– Origami game and Conversation Menu – to help get conversations started
– It Takes a Village – a photo exhibition highlighting different supportive roles.
– Films – providing various personal experiences of ill health and death.
All these resources and more are available here, and watch out for the new suite of short films being launched during Demystifying Death Week itself.
Demystifying Death Week is a good time to share information and education about some of important subjects that people sometimes worry about bringing up.
Here are some resources worth sharing…
Demystifying death: What happens when someone is dying?
Planning ahead: The Reluctant Planners Guide to Death and Dying
Children and young people: Whole School Approach to Supporting Loss and Bereavement