Every year, hospices across the country come together with Hospice UK for Dying Matters Week. Dying Matters Week aims to open up the conversation around dying and bereavement and debunk myths around death and hospice care. 

This year, we're looking in to the importance of being in a good place to die

But what does it mean to be in a good place to die? 

Hospices like Trinity look at a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social and practical needs and provide support and expertise to help them cope. So when we talk about being in a “good place to die” we need to explore what that means from physical, emotional and spiritual perspectives, as well as financial and even digital ones.

Join us this week as we take a deeper look at how different aspects of dying – some not always immediately considered – can affect being ready to die and those left behind.

Everyone is different, so there is no right answer, and it's not something you'll work out over night. The resources below can help you explore what being in a good place to die means to you. 

Planning for the future

The resources below can help you plan for the future and help prepare you, your family, and loved ones for what happens next. 

Stories

Learn from the experiences of others and read stories below from family members of Trinity patients, and our own staff who talk about their own experiences with death, dying and bereavement.

Videos and events

What does it mean to be in a good place to die?

We recently gathered our very own panel of experts from Trinity to discuss what it means to be in a good place to die. In this video they discuss advance care planning, how to have conversations about plans for the future, and the implications of not having them. 


Poppy's panel: Are you in a good place to die?

Poppy's is hosting an online panel to take a deeper dive into what it means to be in a good place to die. We'll be hearing from speakers with first-hand experience of palliative care, funeral care and bereavement including;

Poppy Mardall, Founder and CEO, Poppy's
Nafeesa Arshad, Founder, Goodness Gracious Grief
Isatta Sisay, Joint Head of Community Services, Royal Trinity Hospice and host of The Health Show
Sarah West, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Hospice UK

Join them for free on Thursday 13 May at 8:15pm.

Register for free


TEDx Talk: Let's talk about death then get on with living

In her poignant and ultimately uplifting talk, Trinity Chief Executive Dallas Pounds, looks at the realities of dying and does not shy away from the difficult conversations we will all benefit from having.

Online bereavement support

At a loss is the UK's signposting website for anyone bereaved and those supporting them. Head to their website to access bereavement resources, advice or chat to an online counsellor.
Samaritans provides free emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. Whether you are having a personal struggle, or if you are worried about someone else, their support lines are open 24/7, everyday of the year. 

As Big as it Gets is a booklet from Winston's Wish, the charity supporting children and young people after the death of a sibling. As Big as it Gets is a resource for people supporting children where someone is affected by cancer. The booklet provides a range of ideas for parents and carers so that they feel able to involve their children in what is happening and includes some suggestions about what parents might say to children and how to offer support.

As Big As It Gets – Winston's Wish

For our patients, their families, friends and loved ones of Trinity patients, there is no time limit on our support. You can contact our Patient and Family Support team on 020 7787 1090, between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. If you call after these hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you. 

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