Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015

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Dying Matters Awareness Week is rapidly approaching however here is still plenty of time to plan an event or register to attend one planned by others.


What is Dying Matters Awareness Week?

Dying Matters Awareness Week this year is from 18 – 24 May. Last year, our members hosted more than 500 events across England and Wales and we hope this year, with your help, the message will spread even wider. If you would like to run an awareness-raising event, the top tips and ideas in the following link will help. Dying Matters have also have a press release template you can use to promote your event to the local media. More information can be viewed here.


DeadSocials Before I Die Graffiti Wall and Twitter Hashtag Wall

DeadSocial’s ‘Tweet Wall’ & ‘Before I Die… Graffiti wall’ in our #YODO Pop-Up shop for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014. The full list of 2014 pop-up events and collaborators can be viewed here


DeadSocial’s Pop-Up Shop

Unfortunately we will not be running a Dying Matters #YODO pop-up shop again this year. The pop-up shop we commandeered for the last two years is no longer available as a temporary space for brands, businesses and charities.


What Will DeadSocial be doing this year for Dying Matters Awareness Week

However DeadSocial will be running and getting involved in a range of events and initiatives. We are also launching the first annual ‘Digital Legacy Conference‘. This will take place on Saturday at UCL Partners in London. 


  • Monday 18th May – DeadSocial release a new resource to help the general public sort out their digital legacy in English & Welsh (Info & free download
  • Tuesday 19th May – Digital Death Survey – Following on from last year’s survey DeadSocial will run our annual survey starting on the 19th May (more information coming soon)
  • Wednesday 20th May – Funeral Roadshow at St Christopher’s Hospice, London (link)
  • Thursday 21st May – Byw Nawr Launch Event, Science Hub, Welsh Assembly – (info)
  • Friday 22nd May – Byw Nawr Launch Event, Connah’s Quay Health Centre Deesude Clwyd , Wales – (info)
  • Saturday 23rd May – Digital Legacy Conference 2015 at UCL Partners, London (Free tickets here)


Don’t overlook digital legacy and digital end of life planning this year during Dying Matters Awareness week.


About the Funeral Roadshow

The funeral roadshow showcase a range of charities and not for profit organisations in St Christopher’s Hospice. It is free to attend so come down if you can make it and say “hello”. http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/news/funerals-roadshow-at-st-christophers


Byw Nawr Launch Event, Science Hub, Welsh Assembly


  • Professor Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government
  • Dr Hywel Francis, Chair, Byw Nawr
  • Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff National Clinical Lead End of Life Care
  • James Norris, Chief Executive, DeadSocial



Byw Nawr Launch Event, Connah’s Quay Health Centre Fron Road Connah’s Quay Deeside Clwyd, Wales


  • Bethan Jones Parry Byw Nawr Steering Committee
  • Dr Peter Higson Chair Betsi Cadwaladr Heath Board
  • James Norris, Chief Executive, DeadSocial



About Dying Matters

Dying Matters aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking openly about dying, death and bereavement and of making end of life wishes known. It is led by the National Council for Palliative Care. www.dyingmatters.org


About DeadSocial

DeadSocial an independent digital end of life planning resource for today’s connected world. We provide tools and tutorials to help the general public and HCPs to plan their digital death. We also founded the Digital Legacy Conference and Adopt a Grave. www.DeadSocial.org 


About The Digital Legacy Conference

The Digital Legacy Conference is ran by DeadSocial will take place in London. It is free for all to attend however tickets need to be reserved in advanced. The conference will explore how the internet has changed the way in which we remember and grieve forever. It will also examine how our digital footprint will ultimately help determine both our legacy and our digital legacy when we die. www.digitallegacyconference.com


About UCL Partners

UCLPartners is an academic health science partnership which aims to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into measurable health and wealth gains for patients and populations. The partnership is made of over 40 higher education and NHS members, and a central team providing operational support and clinical academic leadership through a not-for-profit company. www.uclpartners.com


What to expect…

Video from a previous DeadSocial Dying Matters Awarenss Week Pop-Up shop can be viewed above.


You can view a range of Dying Matters Awareness Week events that are taking place in your local area by clicking here