The national campaign works to open up conversations around death and dying, and this year, Dying Matters wants you to start that conversation at work.
Stigma around grieving and a lack of understanding about what it means to be ill mean that too many of us are struggling to cope when faced with life’s inevitable challenges.
The workplace is no exception. 57% of employees will have experienced a bereavement in the last five years and every day, more than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives.
Yet, fewer than one in five managers feel very confident supporting someone they manage with a bereavement.
Imogen Thomas, Senior Brand and Campaigns Manager at Hospice UK said: “If we struggle to talk about death and grief, how can we react with compassion when our colleagues and friends need support?
“Dying Matters Awareness Week is a great way for communities across the UK to get this conversation started. If dying matters, then it matters at work too. By bringing people together, you can help us get the UK talking about death and grief in the workplace and in society more widely.”
Event are taking place across the UK throughout the week. For more information or if you want to host your own Dying Matters Awareness Week event, visit the Dying Matters website.