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Demystifying Death Awards 2023

The Demystifying Death Awards recognise pioneering work that shines a light on death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.

The Awards celebrate those working to make Scotland a place where everyone can help when someone is caring, dying and grieving.

The winners of the awards were announced in Demystifying Death Week 2023. Read more about the winners here: Demystifying Death Awards Winners

Congratulations to all the awards nominees and shortlisted candidates on the fantastic and worthwhile work they do.

Awards Shortlist

Inspiring Community Award

This award celebrates communities working to support each other through the difficult times that come with death, dying, loss and care. The shortlisted candidates are:

North Berwick Compassionate Community

Pushing up the Daisies

No-one dies alone Ayrshire

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Inspiring Community Award shortlist

Promoting Planning

This award recognises endeavours to encourage forward planning for declining health, dying and death, whether relating to practical, legal, financial or medical matters. The shortlisted candidates are:

The Daisy Chain by Pushing up the Daisies

ReSPECT in Scotland

NHS Greater Glasgow: Planning Your Care

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Promoting Planning Award shortlist

Creative Innovation

This award celebrates unusual, innovative or creative ways to promote knowledge and understanding around death, dying or bereavement. The shortlisted candidates are:

St Columba's Hospice Child and Family Service

University of Dundee Comic Studies Department

Dying in the Margins

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Creative Innovation Award shortlist

Progressive Policy

An award to recognise a campaign or policy that that will improve experiences of living with illness, dying or bereavement in Scotland. The shortlisted candidates are:

Childhood Bereavement Network: Cohabiting Parents and Bereavement Benefits

Social Security Scotland - Funeral Support Payment and BASRIS

Marie Curie No-one Should Die in Poverty Campaign

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Progressive Policy Award shortlist

Increasing Understanding

This award celebrates work that increases knowledge, skills or understanding relating to death, dying or bereavement among members of the public The shortlisted candidates are:

Faith in Older People

Good Grief Festival

Kathryn Mannix

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Increasing Understanding Award shortlist

Celebrity Champion

An award recognising an outstanding contribution made by a public figure towards raising awareness of living with serious illness, dying, death or bereavement. The shortlisted candidates are:

Janey Godley

Greg Wise

Cariad Lloyd

Read more about the shorlisted candidates here: Celebrity Champion Award shortlist

Blog series

You can read blogs by all the shortlisted candidates here: Demystifying Death Awards Blog

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