- 75% 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
Dying to Know Day is organised by The Groundswell Project peeps. They are behind the FilmLife Project, supporting organ donation. You may remember the brilliant FilmLife winner from 2013, the parody of Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to know“.
- Write or rewrite your will (you can start this process without a lawyer)
- Write or research your advance care plan
- Discuss your end of life wishes with a loved one
- Start a conversation with a family member about their end of life wishes
- Have the chat about organ donation
- Write an emotional will (not a legal document more an emotional one)
- Research your burial options – did you know you can hire a coffin?
- Check-in on a recently bereaved friend
- Read a book / watch a film about death
- Visit the grave of a loved one
- Attended a D2K Day event
I’m excited about all of these possibilities, but I think number 1 is my top priority at present! What might you do to participate? You might hold a dinner, discussion or some other event. You can share your project on their website and they have plenty of tips and ideas there too.