Event name: Dying to Know Day afternoon tea

Event details: Cancer Council NSW is organising an afternoon tea for all staff to give them the opportunity to explore ways of improving their capacity to work with people who are living with metastatic cancer and their families. This event is not open to the general public.

Venue address: 153 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo

Event time: 3-4pm

Contact Person: Sally Carveth

Email: sallyc@nswcc.org.au

Phone: 9334 1846


Date: Tuesday 1st August

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: Sunday 6th August

Event name: The Good Grief Cafe Workshop

Event details: How do we talk about loss and grief when we can find no words?

Come join the Sydney Threshold Choir and friends for a workshop exploring life’s transitions. Share in easy conversation, art and song.
Trish Watts, Beate Steller and Sally Swain invite you into a safe space for using creative arts and ritual to explore and navigate a deeper understanding of loss and grief.

Artists Bios
Trish Watts – Singer, Community Choir Director and Voice Movement Therapist
Beate Steller – Loss and Grief Educator and Counsellor
Sally Swain – Artist, Author, Creativity Coach and Art Therapist

Reserve your place now for this free event. Please note this workshop is limited to 40 people, so RSVP is essential. If for any reason you cannot attend please let us know as there will be a waiting list

If you would like more information email to thesydneythresholdchoir@gmail.com or phone Gerry on 0412 392 420

Morning tea will be provided. You may bring your own lunch or drop into the many eateries close by.

The Good Grief Cafe Workshop is a free event, sponsored through the Inner West Council Community Grants Program

Venue address: Hannaford Senior Centre 608 Darling Street Rozelle

Event time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Contact Person: Gerry O'Sullivan

Email: gerry.osullivan@optusnet.com.au

Phone: 0412 392 420

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Monday 7th August

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: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Dying to Know Day meetup

Event details: Nothing formal, just a gathering where we can explore death and dying together in a safe, gentle, caring environment.

I'm a trained hospice volunteer, and am also running a course on death and dying at the Milton u3a for 6 weeks, beginning the following week.

Venue address: Mollymook Golf Club 72 Golf Ave, Mollymook, NSW

Event time: 2pm

Contact Person: Ed Love

Phone: 0411-111-816

Event Website: https://www.meetup.com/Shoalhaven-Contemplations/events/241924132/?

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: C3C raise awareness!

Event details: an afternoon tea for staff in the NeuroTrauma HDU at Westmead Hospital and an information table with resources (and choccies) for patients and their families. An in-service on Advance Care Planning to follow this week!

Venue address: C3C, Westmead Hospital

Event time: 1300hrs.

Contact Person: Annie Black

Email: blackannie67@yahoo.com.au

Phone: 0407407058

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Dying to Know afternoon Tea

Event details: 

Conversations around 'Death literacy' with co-facilitators:
- Nicole Edwards
- Mary Trotter
- Susanne Pritchard

Venue address: WDMH Palliative Care Unit, Wauchope

Event time: 2:30pm

Contact Person: Susanne Pritchard

Email: Susanne.Pritchard@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 65808040

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Death Cafe - Sydney

Event details: Demystifying death and facing our fears of dying so that we can make the most of our finite lives. Practicalities of what needs to be done so that we can be prepared for our death.

Venue address: 2099 Postcode Project, 826a Pitt water Rd, Dee Why.

Event time: 1-3 pm

Contact Person: April Lewis

Email: enquiries@sakurapsychotherapy.com

Phone: 0401064003



Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: DyingToKnow Day

Event details: A free community invitation for Maitland to start the conversation around what matters to them at the end of their life with regard to their care, support, hopes and wishes

Venue address: East Maitland Bowling Club

Event time: 1pm - 3pm

Contact Person: Judith Robinson

Email: info@palliativecaremaitland.org.au

Phone: 02 4936 6582

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: DYING2KNOW Day - Ready to talk?

Event details: Lola will be talking about 'Talking about' death and dying. How to have those conversations.

Topics include:

  • Can we involve children?
  • Rituals Before and After Death
  • The funeral you want can most often indeed be had.
  • There will be a couple of coffins present (cardboard and wicker) to decorate.
  • DIY coffin making directions - handouts.
  • Conversation started cards - in groups to create discussions.

Venue address: Momos Wholefood, 227 Hunter street, Newcastle

Event time: 6pm - 9pm

Contact Person: Lola Rus-Hartland

Email: Rushartland@yahoo.com

Phone: 0408412094

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/693384564188064

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: D2KDay

Event details: D2KDay display

Venue address: Coffs Harbour Health Campus

Event time: 0830-1230

Contact Person: Kerry Bartlett

Email: kerry.bartlett@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0428205602

RSVP required?: No


Date: 8th August 2017

Event name: Cupcakes to break the ice on a good death

Event details: UNSW researchers from The Simpson Centre for Health Services Research will set a table with D2KD cups and cupcakes outside a university coffee shop with posters, postcards and nurses giving information to passers by (students, academics and administrative staff) on holding the end-of-life conversation to ensure a good death. Information on websites and copies of advance care plans will be available to take home. The UNSW Media Officer will run an article on the UNSW Magazine the week of the event. Consumers of health services will contact the media to get the message across to the public.

Venue address: UNSW Kensington Campus, library lawn, Randwick upper end of UNSW campus

Event time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact Person: Emergency Nurse Ebony Lewis

Email: ebony.lewis@unsw.edu.au

Phone: (02) 8738 9373

Event Website: check the https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/publication-type/uniken for news

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: D2KD in our workplace

Event details: Table in main hospital corridor at Port Macquarie base hospital manned by palliative care staff with brochures and posters from D2KD.
Public hospital visitor corridor which allows for conversations with public and staff

Venue address: Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Wrights Road, Port Macquarie

Event time: 9am - 3pm

Contact Person: Janice Kilmurray

Email: janice.kilmurray@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0477390837

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday August 8th

Event name: Natural Death Care Centre & Amitayus Hospice Service - Doing Death well

Event details: Street Stall with Zenith Virago (NDCC) & Suze Rosedale (AHS) info and resources

Venue address: Community Centre, Jonson St, Byron 2481.

Event time: 9.30-11.30am

Contact Person: zenith virago

Email: zenithvirago@gmail.com

Phone: 0427924310

Event Website: naturaldeathcarecentre.org

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th August 

Event name: Death Cafe

Event details: Death Cafe + Morning Tea 

Venue address: Anglican Church Hall, Church St. Bega.

Event time: 10-1130

Contact Person: Sue Middlewood

Email: smiddlew@internode.on.net

Phone: 0417 685 894


Date: Tuesday 8th August 

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: Tuesday 8th August 

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

Event name: Dying to Know Day

Event details: We will set up a table on the main drag, Burringbar Street, a busy and central point in the shopping centre of Mullumbimby, and engage with passers-by and hand out your Dying to Know Day information.

Venue address: Outside Santos, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby

Event time: 12 - 2 pm

Contact Person: Catherine Perversi

Email: info@byronhospice.org.au

Phone: 0431600138

Event Website: Byron Hospice Service www.byronhospice.org.au

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th AUGUST

Event name: YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY - a Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc event for Dying to Know Day

Event details: An informal information and discussion session about the benefits of recording your life story - and some ideas about how to get started

Venue address: Community Room, Baylink, Flora Crescent, Batemans Bay NSW

Event time: 10am - 12 noon

Contact Person: Sonia

Email: contact@celebrations.org.au

Phone: 0434 699 415

Event Website: https://www.celebrations.org.au/events/community-events/community-events/d2kday

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th of August


Event details: Two celebrants from the Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc - Rona Goold and Susan Winters - will lead an information and discussion session on the variety of options available for funerals and memorials and the advantages of preparing funeral ceremony plans before you become too ill or frail

Venue address: Henrietta Room (rear of Old Town Hall) (in front of library) Bendooley St, Bowral NSW

Event time: 2pm

Contact Person: Rona

Email: admin@celebrations.org.au

Phone: 0419 498 768

Event Website: https://www.celebrations.org.au/events/community-events/community-events/d2kday - Register online here or call Rona

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

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: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Death over Dinner

Event details: an informal dinner to raise awareness of how people feel about death and planning for their own death. There will be some activity to generate conversation.

Venue address: 116 Shone Avenue Horsley NSW

Event time: 6pm

Contact Person: Kerrie Jackson

Email: kjackson@hammond.com.au

Phone: 0409718576

RSVP required?: Yes

Date: Tuesday 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

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: Wednesday 9th August

Event name: Dying To Know

Event details: You are invited to a lunchtime discussion around death and dying to mark the 5th annual "Dying to Know Day".

Come along and bring your thoughts, questions and reflections on the subject we are so reluctant to talk about.

Venue address: John Bance & Son Funeral Home 12 Ashmont Avenue Wagga Wagga

Event time: 11am

Contact Person: Toni Coleman

Email: admin@johnbance.com.au

Phone: 02 69254444

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Thursday, 10th August

Event name: Die-alogue Cafe

Event details: Our main focus will be an interview with Mollie Carlile from The Weekly hosted by Charlie Pickering. ... the death that we get; the death that we want.... see program.

Venue address: Community Hall, 57 Burton Road, Mt Hutton

Event time: 10am - 12md

Contact Person: Stuart Carter

Email: stuartjc@live.com

Phone: 0437 543 465

Event Website: http://diealoguecafe.wordpress.com

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Thursday 10th August

Event name: Dying to Know Day Morning Q & A

Event details: This is a general question and answer session with refreshments provided, with a panel including:

  • Katherine Hawes from Digital Age Lawyers. Kath deals with Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Wills.
  • Anthony Sultana from Creo Wealth. Anthony specialises in Aged Care Support, helping people to navigate the complexities of our system.
  • Sue Fudiro from Allan Drew Funerals. 
  • Linda Campbell from Walking with You. Linda is an end of life doula, offering care, compassion and comfort to those with terminal illnesses and their families.

Venue address: Digital Age Lawyers, 33/9 Hoyle Avenue, Castle Hill

Event time: 10am

Contact Person: Kate

Email: info@digitalagelawyers.com

Phone: 02 8858 3211

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 15th August 2017

Event name: Dying to know afternoon tea

Event details: According to the Grattan Institute over 70% of Australians want to die at home, yet only 14% do so. 

Join us for afternoon tea, listen to our guest speakers and join the conversation about end of life planning.

Venue address: Mona Vale Golf Club, Golf Avenue, Mona Vale

Event time: 2pm- 4pm

Contact Person: Maria Maginness

Email: maria.maginness@ccnb.com.au

Phone: 02 9998 2900

Event Website: http://ccnb.com.au/dying-know-afternoon-tea/

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: August 16, 2017

Event name: What are you dying to know

Event details: In keeping with the Dying to Know Day ~ Are you dying to know??  

As a nurse, carer, social worker or any concerned individual
Have you ever wondered what funeral directors do? How we take care of loved one’s after they leave your loving care, we would like to spend some time with you, and invite you to our funeral home, where we can explain all those unanswered questions, perhaps talk about how you would like us to be when we are at your facility, discuss ways to make the transfer from your care into our care as relaxed as possible for all those concerned. What about our dress code ?? These are the things we would like to talk with you about…Have you ever wondered about our mortuary, transfer vehicles or just questions you thought might be silly, we would love to chat with you and answer them all. There will also be a time to listen to a short chat from one of our esteemed local celebrants who has written books about funerals.
There will be an opportunity to discuss anything and everything and we will have a tour of our facilities and our mortuary.

Venue address: John Hossack Funeral Services 435 Wilson Street, Albury NSW

Event time: 10.30am

Contact Person: Tracey Bastin

Email: tbastin@hossackfunerals.com.au

Phone: 02 6041 3855

Event Website: www.hossackfunerals.com.au

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 18 August

Event name: Dying to Know Soiree

Event details: The incredible Holly Rankin Smith will be officiating!
In many countries around the world, the approach to death is different to what it is in Australia. People generally die at home surrounded by their community. Death is not a scary thing to talk about because people have seen the process over their lifetime, they are familiar with the rituals and traditions so they know exactly what to expect and how to respond.
Australia used to be like that too.
What happened? How can we change it? What can we learn from each other?

Join us for a casual discussion over soup and fresh bread.
Let's learn from each other as we share stories of loss, love, grief, community and memory.

Venue address: Seaforth NSW

Event time: 7:00 pm

Contact Person: Susy Lee

Email: susy@onware.com.au

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 19th August

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: Wednesday August 23, 2017

Event name: Greenwich Hospital- Dying to Know Day- What are you dying to know?

Event details: Speakers are:  

  • Professor Melanie Lovell- Palliative Care Specialist
  • Dr Stephen Ginsborg - General Practitioner, Board Member of Sydney North Primary Health Network
  • Kelly Arthurs - Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant

Topics will include - end of life care, death and dying, advance care planning and much more + Q&A

Venue address: Pallister House in the grounds of Greenwich Hospital 97-115 River Rd Greenwich

Event time: 10.00 (for 10.30 start) - 12pm

Contact Person: Gerri Marr

Email: gmarr@hammond.com.au

Phone: 87883961

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 23 August 2017

Event name: Fade to Black screening

Event details: The award winning documentary, Fade to Black, delivers the story of Peter Short, CEO of Shell Express Service Stations in Australia who was terminally ill with incurable eosopheageal cancer. After talking himself out of a violent suicide, Peter instead decides to take matters into his own hands by trying to source the lethal and illegal drug Nembutal.
He also embarked on a campaign to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Australia. He wanted everyone to have control of their end of life.

Venue address: Majestic Cinemas, Horton St, Port Macquarie

Event time: 2pm

Contact Person: Annie Quadroy

Email: pmq@dwdnsw.org.au

Phone: 043204844

Event Website: https://tickets.demand.film/event/1978

RSVP required?: No