good life, good death, good grief


We want Scotland to be a place where:

  • People are well-informed about the practical, legal, medical, financial, emotional and spiritual issues associated with death, dying and bereavement.
  • There are adequate opportunities for discussion of these issues, and it is normal to plan for the future.
  • Public policies acknowledge and incorporate death, dying and bereavement.
  • Health and social care services support planning ahead and enable choice and control in care towards the end of life.
  • Communities and individuals are better equipped to help each other through the hard times which can come with death, dying and bereavement.

Key messages

We believe that:

  • Being more open about death is a good thing.
  • Planning for death when you’re healthy means there is less to think about if you get sick.
  • We can all help each other with death, dying and bereavement.
  • Coming terms with your own mortality can help you to live life to the full.
  • There are steps individuals and communities can take to help others through difficult times relating to death, dying and bereavement.
  • Death is happening all around us, causing sadness and difficulties that people often don’t share.
  • Death can be upsetting, and people need to take the time to grieve.
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