The first session I stood up and walked out because I didn't want to do it but now I'm quite happy to do it

Dying to Talk participant

Main aims of the project

  • Help people we support feel less frightened to hear and talk about death and dying
  • Help people we support gain more knowledge about death and dying so they can have a greater personal choice
  • Help family members of people we support feel more comfortable speaking to their loved ones about death and dying
  • Help MacIntyre staff members feel more comfortable speaking to the people they support about death and dying
  • Help professionals outside of MacIntyre understand the importance of speaking about the issues relating to death and dying
  • Develop a legacy of resources and training guidance
  • Help guide more people to have advance care plans and wills

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External consultants

Beth Britton
Freelance campaigner, consultant, writer & blogger
Caroline Loxton
Practice Development Nurse, Willen Hospice
Prof. Debra De Silva
Head of Evaluation, The Evidence Centre
Prof. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne
Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care


We have a number of resources useful in supporting someone to talk about death and dying.

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Please use the form below to contact Dying to Talk project team.

More about our approach


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MacIntyre was established by the parents of a disabled child in 1966 for all people with a learning disability to live a life that makes sense to them.

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Great Interactions

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Health and Safety

At MacIntyre we are committed to achieving excellence with our health and safety practices.

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Intensive Interaction

Intensive Interaction is an approach to interacting with and teaching early communication and interaction skills to people who do not find it easy communicating…

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Learning Disability

It is estimated that 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability.

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Person Centred Approaches

Providing person centred support means always listening, learning and focusing on what is important to and for someone, now and in the future.

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Positive Behaviour Support

A Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach involves focusing on improving a person’s quality of life and understanding the reasons behind any behaviours.

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We are committed to the safeguarding of the children, young people and adults we support across the organisation and encourage openness and transparency.

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Transforming Care

MacIntyre is at the forefront of supporting people to move from long stay hospitals, inpatient facilities and assessment and treatment units back into…

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Voice of the people we support

We know that we can’t make decisions about a person’s support, staffing changes or new activities without involving them and understanding what is important…

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Have you seen our resources?

As part of sharing our expertise we created a number of resources.
These include: guides, posters, leaflets, case studies and much more.
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