good life, good death, good grief

Demystifying Death Week

bringing dying into the limelight

10-16 May 2021


Demystifying Death Week is about shining a light on death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.

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.


Organising face-to-face events was impossible for a while due to covid-19 restrictions, but the need for opportunities to discuss death, dying and bereavement was more relevant than ever. Individuals and organisations across Scotland organised all kinds of online events as part of Demystifying Death Week 2021- check out the DD Week Events Listings here:

Demystifying Death Week Events.

Get involved

People were encouraged to lend their support over social media during the week, using the #DemystifyDeath hashtag. More information and ideas are available here: social media


Demystifying Death Week was a good time to share information and education about some of important subjects that people sometimes worry about bringing up.

People were invited share relevant information and resources over social media using the hashtag #DemystifyDeath.

Various resources are available here, including a brand new suite of short films: Demystifying Death 60 second shorts.


Dying Matters

Demystifying Death Week takes place across Scotland. It coincides with Dying Matters Week, organised by our sister organisation, Dying Matters, in England. You can check out Dying Matters Week here: Dying Matters Week.

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