good life, good death, good grief

Demystifying Death Week 2022

2-6 may 2022


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 can 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.

Grief in the workplace

This year we’re making a special effort to shine a light on grief in the workplace.

No-one can take away the pain of grief. But a supportive workplace can make things a little bit easier to deal with.

On the other hand, insensitive treatment from an employer, line-manager or colleague can make bereavement experiences even more distressing.

For Demystifying Death Week this year we’re launching a suite of resources to help managers, employers and colleagues create more compassionate workplaces for people who have been bereaved.

Find out more and get involved.

Get involved

Each year, organisations and individuals across Scotland organise events to mark Demystifying Death week. All kinds of events take place, from death cafes to film nights, exhibitions to craft workshops, seminars to lunches.

Would you like to be involved with this year's Demystifying Death Week? We have lots of resources to help people get involved.

Find out more and get involved.

Communications Pack

The success of Demystifying Death Week is reliant on the efforts of people and organisations across Scotland promoting the week and its messages.

This Communications Pack includes key messages suggests ways you can spread the word: Communications Pack

A template press release is available here: Press Release

Social Media

Social media plays an important part of awareness raising during Demystifying Death Week.

Your support can make a big difference. Find out more about what you can do to support Demystifying Death Week on social media here: Social Media

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.

Photo credits: George Hiles; Kate Williams; GLGDGG members.

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