• Gemma Allen

Dying Matters Week 2020- Dying to be Heard

Today marks the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week and whilst this week is different to how we planned we still want to help you have conversations.We realise it isn't always easy to speak about death and dying but not talking about it can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation. Speaking and thinking about death and dying can help you to understand how you feel and plan ahead, taking into account end of life wishes and concerns.

We need to pause and ask ourselves how we respond when people open up conversations about death and dying? How many people are 'Dying to be Heard' but not listened to? How do we reach out and support communities whose needs are not always considered like prisoners, travellers or people experiencing homelessness?

Each day throughout the week Dying Matters has set a topic and we invite you to join the conversation around the theme of #DyingToBeHeard. We will be sharing resources, information and signposting to services that can help and support you.

Monday- Traumatic/ sudden death Tuesday- Carers Wednesday- Homelessness

Thursday- Stillbirth and Miscarriage

Friday- Mental Health

Today, the topic is sudden or traumatic death and it can be hard to know how to speak or be with someone who has experienced a sudden bereavement. This article from Dying Matters provides guidance on the impact of sudden and traumatic death, with information about how to help and support people bereaved in this way…/dealing-sudden-or-violent-de…

Likewise, people bereaved by COVID-19 are experiencing the shock of a sudden death, often following a short illness. Due to social distancing and self-isolation many cannot spend time with their loved ones at the end of life, or spend time with them afterwards.

The British Psychological Society's has produced a document on helping one another to cope with death and grief, at a time when many people are experiencing a bereavement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…/Supporting%20yourself%20and%20othe…


For further support following a traumatic or sudden death, including death by suicide, the following organisations can help:

Victim Support Support to families bereaved by murder or manslaughter 0808 1689 111

Support after Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM) SAMM offers help and support to people bereaved through murder and manslaughter 0121 472 2912

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide 0300 111 5065

Roadpeace For those bereaved thorough a road traffic collision 0845 4500 355

The Lullaby Trust Support for anyone affected by the sudden death of a baby or toddler 0808 802 6868

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @DyingMDudley to join our events and conversations as we explore death, dying and bereavement through reflection,sharing of stories and personal experiences.

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