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Dying Matters Awareness Week - Help Us Shape our Bereavement Services

Every year, people around the UK use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them.

This year’s theme, ‘The way we talk about Dying Matters’, focuses on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying – specifically between healthcare professionals and patients, their carers and their families.


The Big Conversation - Bereavement 

At some time in our lives, we will all lose someone who is important to us. How we manage our loss is different for every person, but we will all have something in common………grief.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and our partners want to develop an inclusive and responsive bereavement model, one that provides access to compassionate bereavement support to anyone living in our area, at a time when they need it.

We would like to thank all those who attended our first Big Conversation Event for Bereavement, which was successfully held on 20th March 2024. Some people were unable to attend, but have told us that they would still like the opportunity to tell us about their experiences and to help us to shape our new bereavement model.

We are holding a Big Conversation around bereavement across Gwent between May and July 2024.

  • 24th May 2024, 10am - 2pm,Tythe Barn, Monk Street, Abergavenny NP7 5ND
  • 3rd June 2024, 10am - 2pm, Olive Tree, Edlogan Way, Cwmbran NP44 2JJ
  • 20th June 2024, 10am - 2pm, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Lime Ave, Ebbw Vale NP23 6GL
  • 9th July 2024, 10am - 2pm, Chepstow Community Hospital, Tempest Way, NP16 5YX
  • *Caerphilly and Newport dates TBC*

We would like to invite anyone who is willing to share their bereavement experience to join us, whether as a bereaved person yourself, or where you have been supporting someone who has been bereaved. We would also like to hear from individuals and organisations who support bereaved people including volunteers, third sector organisations, teachers, church leaders etc.

The feedback we receive will be used to shape our new bereavement model and improve our bereavement offer. To register to attend and to find further dates and venues, please book through this link: or call 01495 768645

If you are unable to attend but would still like to talk to us about your bereavement experience, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01633 496753 or

Please find below a short feedback form to either share with us your experience or express an interest in attending future conversations.

Please follow this link or scan the QR code to complete the short feedback form.