NHS Borders is supporting a campaign which aims to 'demystify' death and support those handling bereavement.

This week (May 6-12) has marked Demystifying Death Week, which shines a light on death, dying and grief.

The week, created by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, encourages people from across Scotland to open up about mortality and plan for death.

Dr Lynn McCallum, Medical Director at NHS Borders, said: “Death is a natural part of the human experience, yet it is a topic that many people can find challenging to discuss with those around them due to the feelings of fear and uncertainty it brings.

“Death is better when we talk about it, when we are open about it and when we are honest about what’s coming. By engaging in open dialogue and breaking down barriers surrounding death, we can create a culture of understanding and openness which helps more people to communicate what is important to them as death approaches – both with their families and with health care professionals.”

Demystifying Death Week aims to give people the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to plan and support others through death, dying and loss.

People can worry that talking about death can upset loved ones, however, the awareness week hopes that by having these sometimes difficult conversations people can support each other through challenging times.

For more information and resources on the demystification of death can be found by visiting the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief website.