Some libraries are expanding their work into a bold new initiative – encouraging people to talk about loss, dying, death, bereavement, and more. Of course, Friends groups have run events on this theme before. But now it’s part of a whole international movement – peaking this year in Dying Matters Awareness Week (Monday-Sunday, 2-6 May). The Week was founded in 2009 and is now run by Hospice UK. You may like to get involved, or encourage your library to do so, or just find out what’s going on.

Here’s how! Libraries Connected has invited us to a free webinar. Guest speakers from Hospice UK will introduce the 2022 campaign, its grants programme* and the plans for Dying Matters Week. The Week aims ‘to bring awareness to the issues many people face at the end of life, and how we, as a society, can make essential changes’.

There will be a Q & A and a chance to share ideas.

*The Dying Matters Community Grants Programme is open for applications.

Book your place here

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