'Dying to Know Day' is held every year on the 8th August. It is a national campaign that encourages people across the country to host events at their home, work place or in their community in order to break down taboos around death and get people talking about one of life's greatest certainties.
This event is organised by the The Groundswell Project whose purpose is to create a more death literate society, one where people and communities have the practical know-how needed to plan well and respond to dying, death and grief. This means transforming end of life conversations into deep community engagement and social action - exactly what Dying to Know Day is all about. Here's what the Groundswell Project team have to say about the day.
"We’re often hesitant when it comes to talking about death, but we shouldn’t be. In fact, over 60% of Australians think we should talk about death MORE.
Death can be a difficult journey to navigate. When we take the time to really think about that process, what our values are, what we do or don’t want, it not only assists our journey, but that of our loved ones who find comfort in knowing they’ve done exactly what you wanted.
In the lead up to Dying to Know Day we put the word out for people to share their stories and experiences with us. One of the stories that stands out this year was by Imelda and the journey she went through with her husband and being able to make decisions according to his wishes.
It’s a beautiful example of the healing power of talking about, and planning for, death."