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2017 Events



Date: August 5th - August 11th 2017

Event name: Dying to Know Week at Remembrance Parks Central Victoria

Event details: At RPCV we are turning Dying to Know Day into an entire week jam packed full of different activities, information stalls, guest speakers and even a cinema screening. Our main expo day will occur on the official dying to know day (August 8th) at our Eaglehawk Remembrance Park.The day will include crematoria tours, information stalls and guest speakers generating community conversations and curiosity toward end of life planning.

Venue address: 5 Victoria Street, Eaglehawk

Event time: 9.00

Contact Person: Madelaine Coles

Email: events@rpcv.com.au

Phone: 5446 1566 ext. 210

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 5 August 2017

Event name: Death Dinner Party

Event details: Death Dinner Party: What's the Alternative?

We live in a society that is safe, abundant and free. But it’s also a society in which we long ago gave away our connection with death and dying. We’ve outsourced it to nursing homes and funeral corporations. We’ve lost knowledge, traditions and rituals. One of the biggest things we’ve lost is choice – choice in how we die and choice in how we are farewelled. 

But what if there was a new choice – to live forever. Would you take it? 

At this Death Dinner Party winter feast, two very different speakers – an end-of-life consultant and a molecular biologist and transhumanist – will talk to us about death and choice: from making empowered, meaningful decisions about how we die, through to the ultimate choice – to not die at all.

Venue address: Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Event time: 6pm

Contact Person: Ruby Lohman

Email: hello@deathdinnerparty.com

Phone: (No phone number)

Event Website: www.deathdinnerparty.com

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: August 8, 2017

Event name: Dying To Know Day Information & Resources

Event details: The Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium is coordinating an event for D2KDay which is on August 8. An Information booth will be set up in the foyer of Wantirna Health from 9:00am - 2:00pm.
The booth will be staffed by volunteers and staff from several services across the Eastern Region including
Eastern Health,
Eastern Palliative Care,
Caritas Christi Hospice,
Fernlea House,
Home Instead
Heritage & Heritage Funerals

The intent is to assist people to start a conversation about advance care planning and end of life care. Please encourage your clients to call in for a chat with experienced staff and volunteers.
The event is being kindly sponsored by Heritage & Heritage Funerals providing a free cup of coffee from the café for people who come to us for a chat.

Venue address: Wantirna Health, 251 Mountain Highway, Wantirna

Event time: 9am-2pm

Contact Person: Karen Conte

Email: consortiummanager@epc.asn.au

Phone: 03 8804 0651

Event Website: www.emrpcc.org.au

RSVP required?: No


Date: 8 August 2017

Event name: Dying2Know Day

Event details: In our D2KDay event we are planning to have small group discussions about death and dying using the dying to talk discussion starters, D2K card set and chatterboxes. This event is running at the local Community Centre and will be hosted by the Warrnambool and District Community Hospice Manager and Volunteers.

Venue address: Archie Graham Community Centre Timor St Warrnambool

Event time: 11am-12.30pm

Contact Person: Lu Butler

Email: info@wdchospice.org.au

Phone: 0488271224

Event Website: www.warrnamboolhospice.org.au

RSVP required?: No


Date: 8 August.

Event name: Dying to Know Discussions on Death and Dying.

Event details: An open forum for discussions on Death and Dying. And End of Life decisions and preparations. 
Facilitated by Glenda Valentine-Grace, End of Life Counsellor, End of Life Doula.

Venue address: Springdale Neighbourhood Centre 17-21 High St. Drysdale, VIC

Postcode: 3222

Event time: Morning session 10:00 am. Evening session 7:30

Contact Person: Glenda Valentine-Grace

Email: glenda.valentine.grace@gmail.com

Phone: 0411438507

Event Website: endoflifecounsellingandcaring.com

RSVP required?: No


Date: 8th August

Event name: D2KD Pop Up Stall

Event details: Palliative Care South East will have a pop up stall in Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Narre Warren. Our staff and volunteers will man the stall. We will have brochures and information available to help people to start conversations with loved ones about their wishes. We will have activities such as colouring competitions, chatterboxes, postcards and a tree of life to pin a message on.

Venue address: Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, 352 Princes Hwy, Fountain Gate VIC

Event time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Person: Helen Millward

Email: helen.millward@sepc.org.au

Phone: 03 5991 1300


Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017

Event name: D2KDay information session: Advance Care Planning

Event details: Death and end-of-life care is often an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it needn’t be. 

oin us for a free information session on advance care planning with Jo-Anne Slee, Advance Care Planning Program Manager at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

You will learn about, and have the opportunity to discuss:
•what advance care planning is
•why it is important
•who can do it, and how.

Venue address: 122 George Street, East Melbourne

Event time: 12.00pm

Contact Person: Athina Mavromataki

Email: athina.mavromataki@melbourne.vic.gov.au

Phone: 96589567

Event Website: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/Pages/dying-to-know-day.aspx

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Thursday August 10th, 2017

Event name: The Art of a Good Death

Event details: The Art of A Good Death invites everyone to bring their questions to a panel of experts — hospital chaplain Sacha McDonald, artist Mary Burgess of Woven Memories and funeral director Nigel Davies. 
We will be asking them what they wished people knew about Death and Dying, and presenting them with audience questions - as many as time permits.
This is the second panel discussion - last year's conversation was engaging and challenging. We would hope that this year will be even more so.
Supper will be served afterwards. $15/$5

Venue address: Northcote Uniting Church - Chalice, 251 High Street Northcote

Event time: 7.30pm

Contact Person: Amanda Collins

Email: admin@chalice.org.au

Phone: 9482 2884

Event Website: chalice.org.au



Date: Aug 8

Event name: Death Cafe

Event details: Morning Tea

Venue address: CWA Church St Bega.

Postcode: 2550

Event time: 10-1130

Contact Person: Sue Middlewood

Email: smiddlew@internode.on.net

Phone: 0417 685 894


Date: August 8th

Event name: Death Cafe

Event details: Morning Tea

Venue address: CWA Corunna St, Bermagui

Postcode: 2546

Event time: 10-1130

Contact Person: kate taylor

Email: taylorkate5050@gmail.com

Phone: 64935310


Date: 1 August 2017

Event name: When It's All Said and Done Radio Event

Event details: As a lead up to 2017 Dying to Know Day, Shanna Provost joins Community 2EARfm radio DJ Time Burke in Tim's Spare Room to have a light-hearted but serious chat about 'The Big Full Stop'. We'll be playing our favourite 'death' songs, telling stories and providing information from 5-8pm. The phone line (02) 4474 3443 will be open to chat, ask, tell a tale.

Venue address: On Air @ Community Radio 2EARfm in Moruya New South Wales

Postcode: 2557

Event time: 5-8pm

Contact Person: Shanna Provost

Email: shanna.provost@gmail.com

Phone: 02 4476 5317


Date: Monday, August 7th 2017

Event name: What are you Dying2Know? Free Community Awareness Day

Event details: 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Yvonne McMaster
Solicitor Baker and Borthwick
Michelle Shiel, NSW Ambulance
Margaret Bavaro, Aged Care Options
Patricia Lowe, Community Pall. Care
Jason Nicholson, Funeral Director.

Venue address: Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club, 21, Parkes Street, Tuncurry

Event time: 10am-12noon

Contact Person: Elizabeth Fisher

Email: rob.eliz@bigpond.com

Phone: 02-6555-5781

RSVP required?: No


Date: August 8

Event name: Death Cafe

Event details: Afternoon Tea

Venue address: Tura Murrang Library, Tura Beach Dr, Tura Beach

Postcode: 2550

Event time: 2.30-1600

Contact Person: sue middlewood

Email: smiddlew@internode.on.net

Phone: 0417 685 894


Date: Tuesday 8th August, 2017

Event name: Tender Funerals Open Afternoon & Evening

***PLEASE NOTE there are 2 events!!***

Event details: This is an opportunity for our community to come and see Tender Funerals now that we are open and operational. Join us for 90 minutes at the Tender Funerals Fire Station for an educational talk on how you can have an empowered, personalised and community driven funeral, followed by a tour of the building and our mortuary. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get to know our funeral directors Jenny Briscoe-Hough and Amy Sagar. Come and join our Tender community for Dying To Know Day!

Venue address: Tender Funerals, 99 Military Road, Port Kembla NSW

Event time: 2pm until 3:30pm AND 5:30pm until 7pm

Contact Person: Amy Sagar

Email: amy@tenderfunerals.org

Phone: 0413 713 776

Event Website: tenderfunerals.org

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 8th August

Event name: Dying to Know Day Q & A

Event details: What do you want to know? We don't like to talk about death, especially our own, but it's a conversation that we need to have. If you're confused about the legalities or how you want to be remembered, come along and get your questions answered! 

Guests include:
Asha Dooley, Funeral Director from Blue Mountains Funerals
Katherine Howes, Lawyer from Digital Age Lawyers
Nimmi Woods, Funeral Celebrant
Linda Campbell, End of Life Doula from Walking with You

Refreshments provided. Numbers are limited so book your place on 0492 787 816 or linda@walkingwithyou.com.au.

Venue address: 20 Mile Hollow Cafe, 68 Great Western Highway, Woodford, Blue Mountains

Event time: 7pm to 9pm

Contact Person: Linda Campbell

Email: linda@walkingwithyou.com.au

Phone: 0402 797 816

Event Website: Facebook https://goo.gl/yJ888s

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August 2017

Event name: Death Cafe

Event details: Informal get-together in a quiet space where people can share experiences, ask questions and have a conversation about death and dying. Tea/coffee and treats are available for purchase. The event will be facilitated by Michael Barbato, a retired palliative care doctor

Venue address: Speak n Easy Cafe 45-51 Collins Street Kiama, NSW

Event time: 10am to 12 midday (the latest)

Contact Person: Michael Barbato

Email: michael.barbato6@gmail.com

Phone: 0421 714 048 or 02 4233 2643

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 19 August 2017

Event name: Dying to Know: An Afternoon Tea with Heart and Soul

Event details: Join us for an afternoon of cake, coffee and conversation as we open up the subject of death and dying and all things in between. The object is to open up conversation about a topic often made awkward and misunderstood in modern society, so we’re often left with questions unanswered or misinterpreted.

This is a discussion not a therapy session or platform for specific ideas or opinions. Jessica Raschke will start the conversation and be on hand to guide or clarify where needed. 

Jessica Raschke is a funeral celebrant, writer, artist and editor of The Soul Spectrum who lives in the Southern Highlands. Jessica has officiated many funeral services in the local area, and has been trained as a Deathwalker by Zenith Virago. As a soulful, warm and compassionate woman with highly sensitive listening and communication skills, her special sensibility complements the needs of sad and grieving families. Her work is driven by the search for life’s many deeper meanings. Her key passions include exploring the realms of death, dying and the afterlife, as well as concepts of ‘soul’. Her website (www.thesoulspectrum.com), is an ongoing labour of love, which features long-form conversations with people living soulful lives.

Venue address: Heart and Soul Healing, Suite 2/368 Bong Bong Street, Bowral

Event time: 3pm to 5pm

Contact Person: Gail Withers

Email: gail@heartandsoulhealing.com.au

Phone: 4855 2717

RSVP required?: Yes



Date: August 6th 2017

Event name: Yoga & The Art of Dying

Event details (provide a brief overview of the speakers and/or topics): Yoga & The Art of Dying
Q&A Panel of Yogis Exploring Death, Dying & Beyond

“To truly live, we must first confront and conquer our fear of death”
~ Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda

Fear of death is a major cause of human suffering. Would you like to live a joyful, purposeful life and face death fearlessly? Explore the yogic perspective of death. Be inspired by powerful stories of ordinary people's extraordinary passing. Take practical steps towards creating a conscious death plan for yourself and learn how to support loved ones on the ultimate journey. Bring your questions! Our panel have a wealth of wisdom and real life experience to share.

= Meet The Panel =
Bring your questions, our speakers have a wealth of wisdom and real life experience to share.

Radha Krishna Das has studied and taught yoga philosophy for 40 years and has immersed himself in the yogic perspective on life and death. He has been present and assisted at the successful passing of yogis, friends and family members.

Caitanya Das has been living with advanced cancer for 15 years. Through meditation and yoga wisdom, he has overcome his fear of death and learned to live life more joyfully.

Maladhar Dasi has intimate knowledge of the dying process and can expertly assist people in knowing what to expect, how to create a plan for a conscious death and how family members can support a loved one who is dying. Maladhar Dasi has assisted many people to die like yogis and has created a sanctuary where people can come to die in a peaceful, conscious way.

Venue address: Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Queensland

Event time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Contact Person: Samantha Doyle

Email: sami@asmy.org.au

Phone: 0405 910 345

Event Website: http://asmy.org.au/event/yoga-art-dying/

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 8 August

Event name: Cairns Dying to Know Night

Event details: TBC - Death Cafe / Speakers Max 2

Venue address: The Chamber Room - 20 Lake Street

Event time: 6 pm

Contact Person: Alyce Haack

Email: lifeanddeath@gmail.com

Phone: 0474129798

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August 2017

Event name: Dying to Know: a journey of life, loss and renewal

Event details: Just as fallen leaves nourish the earth, a death can enrich love, relationships and connections- the human story that lies between birth and death. This is an intergenerational collaboration exploring death and renewal through the eyes of high school student photographers. Over series of 6 workshops, the students will be mentored by master photographer and elder, Colin Beard.

The developing artists will exhibit their work as part of this year's Dying to Know Day (8th August) at The Shared in Yandina and Horizon Festival (25th August to 3rd September) at Nambour Social and The Old Ambo.

Colin Beard is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost creative photographers. His decorated career commenced in the 1960s photographing rock legends including The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & The Doors. His work in fashion, lifestyle and travel magazines such as the Bulletin, Vogue, Dolly, Cleo, Go-Set and Australian Geographic, has set new benchmarks in fashion photography and reportage. Books such as The Mountain Men, The River People, Sacred Places and Starlight’s Trail reflect his deep interest in landscape and social commentary.


Venue address: The Shared, 13 Railway St, Yandina QLD

Event time: 6pm

Contact Person: John Endacott

Email: john.endacott@health.qld.gov.au

Phone: 07 5479 9833

RSVP required?: No

Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.




Date: 9 August 2017

Event name: Life Stories Breakfast

Event details: Palliative Care ACT is holding a fundraising breakfast to relaunch their Life Stories Program. Join us for a delicious breakfast at Hotel Realm on Wednesday 9 August at 7am. We have the lovely Jean Kittson, Australian performer, writer and comedian as our keynote speaker. Jean is also a women's health advocate and presents a lighter tone on the issue of death and dying and wants people to start the talk before it’s too late.

Venue address: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton

Event time: 7am

Contact Person: Karen Shaw

Email: karen.shaw@pallcareact.org.au

Phone: 0262555771

Event Website: http://www.pallcareact.org.au/index.php/about-us/news/item/life-stories-breakfast

RSVP required?: Yes



Date: 06.08.2017

Event name: Dying to Know

Event details: 

Join us for an educational seminar entitled “Dying to Know”. 
Sunday 6th August 2017, Moonah Arts Centre
9.45am – 3.00pm
We have an amazing line up of dedicated and passionate speakers for you to hear from and you will have the opportunity to ask all questions you’ve always thought about.
* Jencie Harrington – Tierney Law
* Carolyn Singh – Integrity of Care
* Lynne Jarvis – Jumave Natural Death Care  
* Mea Souris – Peace Pods
.... and more!

Venue address: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Rd, Moonah

Event time: Dying to Know

Contact Person: Jan Quilliam

Email: jmareequi@hotmail.com

Phone: 0448822152

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August 2017

Event name: You CAN Talk About That!

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Event details: Join us for an hour of 'myth busting' the dying, death, funerals and disposition space followed by a BBQ. With a take on the ABC show of a similar name, come with a question in mind you would only be game to Google, as we seek answers from some local talent and each other. You may be surprised by what you already know and even more surprised at what you may learn and be able to share with family and friends.

Paper supplied for questions to be anonymously written on and a box to toss it into!

Donation of $2 @ the door for the Community Shed.

Gold coin donation for the BBQ will go towards Care Beyond Cure.

Venue address: The Community Shed, Ulverstone Showgrounds, Ulverstone

Event time: 10.30am

Contact Person: Lynne Jarvis

Email: lmjarvis2@gmail.com

Phone: 0407 427 575

Event Website: www.facebook.com/CommunityCoffinClub

RSVP required?: Yes


South Australia



Date: August 8th

Event name: Dying to Talk

Event details: At our 100 bed residential care facility, Barossa Village Residency, we will have nursing staff and palliative care volunteers available to talk with residents either privately in their room if they wish or at our cafe. At the cafe which is at our main reception entrance we will put up posters and have brochures of info regarding advanced care directives. We will utilize info from D2D.

Venue address: 9 Atze Parade, Nuriootpa, SA

Postcode: 5355

Event time: 1030-12

Contact Person: Felicity Hage

Email: felicityh@barossavillage.org

Phone: 08 85620300, press option 1.

RSVP required?: No



Date: Saturday 05 August 2017

Event name: Dying to Know Day Gathering at a Hotel

Event details: 

> Welcome and introduction to session
> Starter resources on tables
> Individuals free to choose their preferred table
> Individuals free to use the starter resources as an initial discussion trigger
> Individuals free to join other tables/swop tables
> A group 'round up' at the end to enable participants to share anything they wish
> Wrap up

Venue address: Bealey's Speights Ale House, Bealey Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand

Event time: 1.00 - 2.30 pm

Contact Person: Sue Dwan

Email: sue@dwanandassociates.com

Phone: 021 802 593

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Saturday 5 August

Event name: "3 Lessons to Deal with Death & Dying" - a perspective from ancient Eastern tradition

Event details: Guest Speaker on Ancient Eastern Wisdom ....Acharya das
Includes: informal address and discussion on everything you want to know about death
Mix and mingle
Cafe refreshments

Venue address: 20 Ponsonby Terrace Ponsonby Auckland New Zealand

Event time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Contact Person: Jacqui Lyttle

Email: classes@nzsm.co.nz

Phone: 027 4047920

Event Website: n/a

RSVP required?: Yes