What are you dying to know?

July 13, 2014

Did you know?

– 75% of us have not had end of life discussions
– 60% think we don’t talk about death enough
– Over 70% of us die in hospital though most of us would prefer to die at home
– Very few of us die with an Advance Care plan (less than 10 percent)
– The number of Australians aged 65 and over will double by 2050 increasing our need to plan while well and share our wishes with our loved ones.

Organised by The Groundswell Project, Dying To Know Day – August 8 – is about opening up community conversation and action about death, dying and bereavement in Australia. Big or small actions all make a difference to breaking down the barriers and stigma about this issue.

Dying To Know Day is encouraging all Australians to develop their death literacy, to make end of life plans and share these wishes with their families, to get informed about end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community-led funerals and natural burial, and to be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement.

To support Dying To Know Day, you could organise an event in your local community, such as hosting a Death Cafe, or act on a more personal level by writing your will or having that all-important conversation with your loved ones about dying, death and end of life choices.

Bianca Nogrady is an Ambassador for Dying To Know Day. For more information, visit the website at www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday/

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