Care Quality Commission
 Dying Matters Newsletter
 Soprano XL
 Hair removal tips
 Dying Matters
 How we use your health records

Find out how to protect yourself and your family during the coming winter >

Up To 70% Off
Selected laser treatment now costs 70% less. Get in touch to find out more, and remove your unwanted hair for good >>

Dying Matters Newsletter: 2011 Issue 1

Welcome to Dying Matters E-news
Dying Matters would like to wish all our members a belated happy New Year and the very best for 2011. We would like to thank you for your support in 2010 and your continued support in 2011. This month, we're very excited to tell you about Dying Matters Awareness Week in May.

Dying Matters Awareness Week, 16-22 May 2011

This year sees the return of Dying Matters Awareness Week. The 2010 event was a big success and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The theme this year is 'Why Dying Matters to Me’. We want you, our members, to be as involved as possible. By organising your own event you will make a real contribution, however big or small, to the work of Dying Matters. Consider what your organisation could do. It is a good opportunity to highlight the work you are doing and why you are members of Dying Matters.You can advertise your event/activities on the Dying Matters website at and inform your local media. Why not contact other organisations in your area and see if they would like to hold an event with you? Do let us know what you are planning to do so that we can help promote it. And don't forget to tell your friends, colleagues and family too. We have an exciting programme and a few surprises in store for Awareness Week 2011. In the coming issues we will be giving you more information about the many activities planned. For ideas and information about activities held last year go to our website at

Christmas campaign a success

Many thanks to those of you who supported our campaign launched in December to highlight the seasonal dangers to people who are home alone this Christmas. Dying alone is a tragedy at any time of year but particularly at Christmas. We were able to highlight this issue and encourage people to support their neighbours and the campaign received national and local publicity. Read more at

Dying Matters recognised in Government’s Cancer Strategy and Public Health White Paper

The work of the Dying Matters Coalition was highlighted in the Government’s National Cancer Strategy and the Public Health White Paper which emphasised the Government’s commitment to the implementation of the End of Life Care Strategy. Dying Matters is one of only a few voluntary led coalitions that was singled out in the White Paper. Read the White Paper

Acknowledging that to facilitate a good death people need to let their loved ones know their plans and preferences before it is too late, so that they can concentrate on living and dying well and their loved ones will have less things to worry about. Read more at

Dying Matters YouTube channel

January sees the launch of the Dying Matters Coalition Talking Heads series on its YouTube channel at Talking Heads is a series of monologues on the theme of 'why dying matters to me'. These short film pieces can be used in staff training sessions. If you would like to be part of the series contact us at or call 08000 21 44 66 with your details.

Living Well Dying Well Workshop

Living Well Dying Well held another ‘Working with Death and Dying ‘workshop in Sussex this past month. Click the link to read more

Dates for your diary

3 March 2011: Dying out of hours: 24/7 care at the End of Life conference, National Council for Palliative Care, London 24/7 care is crucial to good quality end of life care. Buy tickets.The right support can ensure people experience as good an end of life care as possible. The conference will highlight the importance of 24/7 care and discuss national policy initiatives read more at

11 February: Introductory course on soul midwifery with Felicity Warner, creator of Soul Midwives, click on the link to read more

23 February: Five-day Doulas for the Dying Foundation course, south east coast, click on the link to read more

You can find these and lots more events and activities on our website Don't forget you can publicise your Dying Matters events on our website

Join Dying Matters

Are you a member of Dying Matters? Membership is free, so why not join today? Coalition members have access to lots of resources, including a wide range of leaflets, posters and postcards. Plus there is support on-hand to help you plan your Dying Matters events and activities

One thing to do this month:

Start planning activities and events for Dying Matters Week 2011. You could organise a Dying Matters tea party and invite friends and loved ones to come along and have a chat about ‘why dying matters to me’ and start to put your house in order (see below) and start to make your plans for your end-of-life care choices. More ideas at

 Resources and Materials

New Publications - Leaflet 9 – Putting your House in Order. Early February will see the launch of the ‘Putting your House in Order’ leaflet.  None of us wants to think about getting ill and dying. But none of us wants to make things difficult for our loved ones either, so it is important for their sake not to delay making important arrangements like care, will and funeral plans until its too late. This new leaflet offers advice on five practical things that will help. Download at or email to order hard copies.


We are pleased to announce the first in a series of posters with key messages that can be used in different community settings. To order copies please email or download at

 Share your event

Are you planning a fund-raising or awareness event? Tell us and we will let our members know. We can also offer Dying Matters members support, including publicising your event on the Dying Matters website at

© Copyright The National Council for Palliative Care 2010
Registered Charity No 1005671


  020 8689 7800
Facebook You Tube Twitter