Being Ready

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Being Ready: trans and gender diverse experiences of dying, death and bereavement

Project Lead: Ash Hayhurst


The ‘Being Ready’ project was set up to address the needs of trans and gender diverse people during all stages of dying, death and bereavement. We are creating evidence-based training for professionals who work with the dead, dying or bereaved so they are ready to meet everyone’s needs, and be more trans and gender diverse inclusive.

Stage 1 – Complete

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Stage 1 of the project was a collaboration with Hospice UK and Stonewall. In order to ensure that the training developed through this project is comprehensive and informed directly by the needs of trans and gender diverse people, we focused on strengthening the evidence base of peoples needs in relation to death and bereavement care via surveys. 

Stage 2 – March – October 2023

GIRES is pleased to announce that we have raised the funds for stage 2  and Stage 3 of the Being Ready Project, thanks to our partners Hospice UK and Marie Curie. We will be publishing the results of our Stage 1 Survey in November.  The second stage of the project will involve community consultation via small focus groups across England and Wales. We will also be consulting with relevant experts from both the LGBTQ+ sector and the funeral and bereavement sectors. 

Stage 3 October – January 2024

Stage three of the project will be the development of an evidence-based training program, and a journal for trans and gender diverse people which will help them think about what their funeral wishes may be, and how they can plan ahead so that their wishes are honoured. The training will be rolled out and delivered by GIRES across England and Wales during Stage 4 of the project. 

Stage 4  January – April 2024

GIRES will be delivering the training for professionals across England and Wales in 10 cities to provide maximum opportunity for people to attend. Booking for the training will open in November 2023.  

Project Report

On completion of Stage 4 we will publish a report of our findings.

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