good life, good death, good grief


6-12 May 2024

what's it about?

People usually want to do the right thing when someone they know is affected by serious illness, death or grief.  But often they can feel awkward offering help, or worry about making things worse.

People can have questions about serious illness or dying. 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 people can 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.

get involved

Demystifying Death week is a collaborative effort.  Each year all kinds of organisations and individuals organise events for people to discuss death, dying and bereavment.   For example death cafes, discussion groups, lectures, film screenings, craft workshops, theatre performances, seminars and information stands. 

If you'd like to get involved this year, please read on for more information...

small things can make a big difference

This year, the theme of Demystifying Death Week is "small things can make a big difference".  During the week we'll be sharing examples of some of the things that, though they may seem small or insignificant, can make a big difference to someone who is  seriously ill, or dying, or grieving, or caring for a loved one. 

Do you have an example of something 'small' that made a big difference to you when you were ill or grieving? 

Or have you done something seemingly inconsequential that you believe made an important positive impact for an individual or family facing end of life issues? 

If so, we'd love to hear from you.  Please email your reflections to: or check out this web page for more information.

organise an event 

Could you organise an event as part of Demystifying Death Week?   

Check out ideas and template event plans here: DD week events resources

We have lots of resources freely available that can be used for DD Week events, including films, information leaflets, event plans and exhibitions: Demystifying Death Week Resources

apply for a small grant

A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to put on events as part of Demystifying Death Week 2024.  Grants of up to £250 are available. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 12pm on 22 March 2024.  More information is available here: DD Week Small Grants scheme

find out more

If you'd like to talk through your ideas for Demystifying Death Week, why not come along to our informal Lunchtime Chat on Monday 4th March at 1pm?  It is a chance to find out more about the small grants scheme, hear what resources are available, and discuss your ideas with others who have organised Demystifying Death Week events.  If you'd like to come, please email 

social media 

Social media plays an important part of awareness raising during Demystifying Death Week.  Your support can make a big difference.  In the weeks running up to Demystifying Death week we'll make available a communications pack and social media resources - watch this space.

stay in touch

If you'd like to stay informed about Demystifying Death Week, you can sign up to join our mailing list here: Sign up 

dying matters

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

Photo credits: North Argyll Carers Centre; David Mollison Photography; Aillen Palmer Celebrant.

scottish partnership for palliative care

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief and Demystifying Death Week are initiatives of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) brings together health and social care professionals from hospitals, social care services, primary care, hospices and other charities, to find ways of improving people’s experiences of declining health, death, dying and bereavement.  It also works to enable communities and individuals to support each other through the hard times which can come with death, dying and bereavement.






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