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Advocates in the UK Are Discussing Why #DyingMatters

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From death cleaning in Sweden to reimagining the end of life through art in San Francisco, death is having a moment. Clinicians and patients alike are increasingly shining a spotlight on the need for early conversations about death and dying.

Doximity members, too, have written about preparing for the end of life, treating dying patients, supporting the bereaved, and processing their own grief when a patient dies. And yet, all too often, patients and families fall through the cracks, demonstrating the continued need for these conversations.

The latest awareness campaign is Dying Matters Week (May 14–20) in the United Kingdom, which aims to promote public awareness of dying, death, and bereavement. This week, healthcare professionals are tweeting about why it’s important for people of all ages to talk about the end of life.

They’re asking all the hard questions…

…and providing resources if you don’t know how to answer.

They emphasize emotional support for the dying…

…as well as support for the loved ones those patients leave behind.

Do you work in a hospice and/or palliative care setting? What do you want to know about death and dying? What do you want others to know? Tell us in the comments below.

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