Have the Conversation this Dying to Know Day

Forbes advocate - august 6, 2019

WHEN Rhoda Crawford lost her husband of 59 years in 2014, she initially felt relief.

"I was pleased Stanley was free from pain and, after being his carer for so many years, I also felt release," she says.

But that initial reaction soon turned to grief.

"While I had supportive adult children, I still had to face my home alone," Rhoda says. "Furthermore, I was juggling feelings of grief with the practicalities of arranging a funeral. Stanley died on a Thursday and the funeral was on the following Wednesday; there was a lot of organising and filling out of forms in those days."

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Talking About Death

the gisborne herald (nz) - august 2, 2019

The best time to think about death and dying is when you are alive and well, says Dying to Know lecture series host Anne Meredith.

Ms Meredith has organised a series of four lectures that begin on Dying to Know Day, Thursday August 8. Knowing what to do when someone is dying, caregiving or grieving, and planning well for the natural end of life will be the key messages in the Gisborne lecture series.

Guest speakers will include representatives from funeral services, Gisborne District Council, Tairawhiti Coffin Club and Hospice Tairawhiti. DIY funerals, eco-choices and Maori perspectives will be among topics covered in the talks.

“I organised the public lecture series because I love people knowing all their options before they need to know it,” says Ms Meredith. “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

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'Massive Mark Ups': Funeral Industry's Trickery And Hidden Costs Unearthed

10 daily - august 1, 2019

Jessie Williams, CEO of the GroundSwell Project, an Australian not-for-profit organisation aiming to create social change surrounding death and dying, told 10 daily Australians are uncomfortable talking about death.

"We avoid the conversation about death and dying - to die is to separate and to separate is uncomfortable and often we  use humor to diffuse that and avoid it," Williams said.
Williams said Dying to Know Day on August 8th is a good starting place.

There will be 140 community events around the country "to help you  get informed about things like funeral options, and there are mortuaries to the public that day too," she said.
"We want Australians to learn about funeral options, because when we plan a wedding we ask a lot of questions, we plan but we don't do that with death."

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Everything you ever wanted to know about dying, caring and support

Great lakes advocate - july 23, 2019

"Let's create a world where we know what to do when someone is dying, caring or grieving," Great Lakes Palliative Care Support president, Deidre Stokes says.

"Too many of us are dying in a way not consistent with our values or wishes. 
Too often we feel ill-equipped to support loved ones who are dying, caring or grieving."

In early August Great Lakes Palliative Care Support is holding a Dying To Know You Day, an event designed to change this by activating conversations and curiosity. 

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Shellharbour event for those dying to know all about death

Illawarra mercury - july 22, 2019

Talking about experiences, fears and thoughts about death is never easy.

The Death Cafe event is a gathering of people in an informal and relaxed atmosphere talking about the inevitable.

Home Instead Senior Care Wollongong is running the Death Cafe at Shellharbour Library on August 8 to coincide with Dying to Know Day.
Home Instead Senior Care Wollongong owner Su Middleton said the objective was to increase awareness of dying, palliative care and the information available to plan, support and have the death of your choice.

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Touching Lives with Kits

The Western australian - july 19, 2019

“This arts project came about from one of our members, Rosalind Sawyer, who saw an opportunity to use her expertise to help Albany’s local community, and partnerships with others have come to fruition this year.”

The sensory kits include a local DVD and items from the farm and sea, including shells and wool that aim to enhance the memories of coastal living.

“We hope to use our product to increase awareness to improve the lives for people living with a dementia,” Ms Leamon said.

The group will launch the sensory kits as part of Dying to Know Week on August 13 at a morning tea at Hawthorn House.

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Dungog Mens Shed Engaged to Make a Coffin

Dungog Chronicle - July 3, 2019

Like most people Helen Proud wants to leave memories when she dies - but she is taking steps to ensure that's all she leaves. She wants to leave as light of a trace of her environmental footprint as she can. So she approached Dungog Menshed to make her a coffin from recycled material.

"I thought at age 74, it was time for me to have a coffin ready that would meet my criteria of a biodegradable, recycled casket that would ensure I would tread lightly on the planet, even after I die," she said.

For Steve Jones, it certainly is the most "unique" thing he has made at the men's shed. The former truck driver has found a passion for carpentry since joining the group but is more used to making Adirondack chairs than coffins.

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'My grief is more resolved': choosing to farewell a loved one differently

Sydney morning herald -july 14, 2019

A decade on, those farewelling a loved one have become more empowered, in part due to a handful of not-for-profit funeral companies. Conversations on the topic are also more public, led by events such as Dying To Know Day, an initiative of non-profit organisation The GroundSwell Project. Held on August 8 each year, it's a "national day of conversation and action about death, dying and bereavement".

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It’s time to talk about death, dying and end-of-life care.

Aged Care Guide: 22/01/18

Great article about the importance of talking about death and dying and the various groups and organisations that are enabling these important discussions featuring our very own Kerrie Noonan;
“We probably just need to stop repeating the myth that death is a taboo topic and no-one wants to talk about death.”

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D2KDay and Death Literacy in the Media

TasWeekend: The end game 23/7/2016

This article by Sally Glazeter features a number of initiatives aimed at building death literacy in the community. Has a focus on the great community development work being done in Tasmania. 


It's a fact that none of us make it out alive. So why are we so afraid of death? Kerrie chats with Samantha from the ACORN network about death and dying, tips on how to approach the topic of death with our families.

RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly interview with Kerrie Noonan - Listen HERE

936 Hobart: interview Molly Carlile

Courier Mail: Dying to Know Day promotes death literacy

NRMA: Living Well Navigator

2Ser 107.3: Lets Talk about Death

BUPA: The Blue Room - Dying to know

Adele Horin: Why talking about death is good for you

Mamamia: 10 Facts about death everyone should know

eHospice article 

AHHA: Dying to Know day 2015: learning about the end of life won’t kill you

Weekend Notes Perth

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering: Charlie discusses the end with The DeathTalker Molly Carlile.

Narooma News: Narooma celebrates D2K Dying to Know Day

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service: D2KDay events

Capital Health Network in Canberra

Before I die wall: Gawler Dying To Know Day event

Arts and Health Australia Key Note address by Molly Carlile and Kerrie Noonan