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Dying Matters at UCLan – Are we ready?’ is a week of events aimed at staff and students to talk, listen and reflect on how we plan for our futures.

Dying Matters Week, 13th-19th May 2019

Dying Matters is a national coalition which aims to open up the conversation around death and dying.  During annual ‘Dying Matters Week’ people are asked to join the conversation in their own local areas. At UCLan we will be holding a variety of free events provided by staff, students and friends of the University.  ‘Are we ready?’ is a challenging question on many levels. We hope to help you consider how you might answer this through our practical, thought-provoking, inspirational events.



Monday 13th – Friday 17th May
‘Are we ready?’ Share, chat and think

10am – 4pm each day in Harrington and Foster Social Spaces
Share your thoughts, plans and wishes by posting on our boards throughout the week.
The Dying Matters at UCLan Team will be available during mid-morning and lunch breaks at each chat point. 
Come along, talk to us and pick up information on local services.

Wednesday 15th May
“Can I really leave my house to my cat?”

2-4pm Media Factory ME320
A myth busting workshop on the ups and downs of making a will
Book your place.

Thursday 16th May
‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’
Film showing by Comensus

Thursday 16th May 1pm Foster Lecture Theatre 3 FREE no booking required
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. 
Join us for a cinema experience with this heart warming film.  Sit back, relax and take time to think.
Trailer: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

Thursday 16th May
‘The hidden shark’

9am Brook Building BB008
A collaborative session exploring the complex ethical and legal aspects of dying, based on recent events exposed in the media.
Consider how you can influence decisions made about your future in the event of serious illness.
Book your place

Friday 17th May
“Digital legacy”

1pm lunch and networking, 2pm lecture, Harris Building HB003
What is our digital legacy and how do we manage it in life and in death? 
Lecture and discussion provided by Gary Rycroft, chair of the dying Matters collaborative
Close of Dying Matters at UCLan week
Book your place


Please join us at our campus events or access our useful podcasts, blogs and links.  Here are just some of our themes-

  • The ups and downs of making a will
  • Withdrawal of treatment, making advance decisions
  • Digital legacy, what happens to your digital footprint after you die?
  • Inequalities at the end of life, the impact on LGBT people
  • Living life but thinking about death, a library of blogs

There will also be chat and information points throughout the week.


For more information, contact Alice Thompson is a fantastic cross-faculty collaboration, drawing on expertise and experience from a variety of people. Bringing us together is a passion for stimulating conversation about this important issue.


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