good life, good death, good grief

Demystifying Death Week

bringing dying into the limelight

demystifying death week is about shining a light on death, dying and bereavement in scotland.

Demysifying Death week takes place in May every year.


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, orworry 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.

Demystifying Death Week 2023

Organisations and individuals across Scotland organised events to mark Demystifying Death Week. You can view the list of events here: Demystifying Death Week Events

See photos from some of the events and activities here.

Demystifying death awards

The winners of the Demystifying Death Awards 2023 were annouced. Judges had an impossible job to choose winners from a shortlist of outstanding candidates, all doing important work in their own fields. Take a moment to read more about the awards, the shortlisted candidates, and the winners here: Demysityfing Death Awards

Death Literacy Index

During Demystifying Death Week, we revealed the results of our pilot of the Death Literacy Index in Scotland. Find out more here: Who are more death literate - bus drivers or students?

get involved next year

All are welcome to get involved in Demystifying Death Week. We produce resources and a social media pack each year, and are pleased to promote people's events and activities on our website. To stay informed, join our mailing list: Join GLGDGG

Photo credits: Chris Flexen via Unsplash, Coffin Club, Nick Fewings

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