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Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

The SPPC leads public health palliative care work at a national level in Scotland, and established Good Life, Good Death, Good Death, Good Grief in November 2011 at the request of Scottish Government.

GLGDGG is an alliance of individuals and organisations working towards the common aim of raising public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement, and promoting community involvement in death, dying and bereavement.

As the host organisation for GLGDGG, the SPPC undertakes GLGDGG-branded work to support wide-ranging membership activity. The approach is to engage and support individuals, communities and organisations identify their needs and develop the assets that they have available to them to meet these, with a goal of sustainably building resilient people and communities. This approach is grounded in Kellehear’s Health Promoting Palliative Care (HPPC) model.

GLGDGG acts as a support and a sounding board to enable individuals and organisations undertake the change they think needs to happen. Through awareness weeks and the To Absent Friends festival, GLGDGG creates opportunities designed to catalyse membership activity and create opportunity for local and national media engagement and dialogue.

GLGDGG works to identify and share good practice, and to provide leadership, ideas, networking opportunities, inspiration, practical tools and small grants. GLGDGG works to influence public policy, and also provides and signposts to resources for people who are dealing with death, dying and bereavement in a personal capacity.

Current work

Work initiated by the SPPC as part of GLGDGG includes:

The Truacanta Project: Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Truacanta Project will support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

To Absent Friends: A people's festival of storytelling and remembrance, To Absent Friends takes place across Scotland from 1-7 November each year.

Compassionate Communities Toolkit: An online collection of resources providing ideas and information that will be of practical use to people wishing to make their local community more supportive of people going through difficult times that can come with death, dying, loss and care.

Good Death Week: taking place in May each year, Good Death Week gives individuals and organisations the opportunity to promote the positives of living in a society where people can be open about dying, death and bereavement.

Death on the Fringe: a series of shows and events looking at death and dying which takes place during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year – a festival within a festival.

End of Life Aid Skills for Everyone: currently under development, EASE is a public education course for anyone who wants to be able to support someone with issues they face relating to death, dying and bereavement.

For more information, visit the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief website.

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