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A 2011 Dying Matters Awareness Week event in Sefton

The theme of the week is ‘Small Actions, Big Difference’. By being more open about dying and taking small actions such as writing a will, signing up to become an organ donor or looking out for those who have been recently bereaved, we can all help make a big difference to ensuring people can live well and die well.

5 small actions you can take immediately to help make Awareness Week a big success:
    1. Tell us and others about your event by adding it to our Events Calendar.
    2. Spread the word within your organisation about Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012 and its ‘Small Actions, Big Difference’ theme.
    3. Show your support on your organisation’s website or in your emails by downloading our Awareness Week banner or button.
    4.  If you or your organisation aren’t already, become a Dying Matters Coalition member * sign up for our e-newsletter * follow us on Facebook and Twitter (if you’re tweeting about Awareness Week, please use the hashtag #DyingMatters) * join in the conversation in the Dying Matters Community Area.
    5. After Awareness Week, share what you did with us – email

Information for Schools

Information for schools

Children see the world very differently to adults; their imaginations are still unprejudiced. Why not tap into this through education?

To die will be an awfully big adventure.’ – J.M. BARRIE, Peter Pan

Dying Matters, together with the National Council for Palliative Care, believes all secondary school pupils in England should be taught about issues relating to death and dying as part of the national curriculum.

Someone in the UK dies every minute, but many schools remain unsure how to best support pupils who are affected.

Three 17 year-olds from London’s East End, who have all won university places to study medicine, launched the lesson plan at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday the Lesson Plan at Parliament today, Wednesday 16 March.


We have produced a number of resources to help teachers incorporate death, dying and bereavement into lessons. Access these using the links below.

A Dying Matters 2011 hospice event