Date: Saturday 5th August

Event name: Dying to Know: Afternoon Tea with a Difference

Event details:

Many of us are dying in a way not consistent with our values or wishes. Although these conversations can be tricky, planning ahead means we have the opportunity to communicate what we do and don't want at the end of our life.

So join us for an afternoon of great conversation as we reflect on what is important to us and make a plan to share with those who will support us in our journey. We will be joined by speakers from Chittamani Hospice and the Garden of Enlightenment.

Suggested Donation: $10 including afternoon tea

Saturday 5 August 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm in the café at Chenrezig Institute

Venue address: Chenrezig Institute 33 Johnsons Rd Eudlo

Event time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Contact Person: Kirsty Sharman

Email: spc@chenrezig.com.au

Phone: 5453 2108

Event Website: www.chenrezig.com.au

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Sunday 6th August

Event name: Yoga & The Art of Dying

Event details: 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: Monday 7th to Friday 11th August

Event name: Dying to Know Day

Event details: A display & table will be in the East Street Entrance of the Hospital for a week - beginning Monday 7th August. The table will hold brochures and information about Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, Grief & Bereavement support.

The display will be manned on Tuesday 8th August by Social Workers and Advance Care Planning Clinical Nurses.

Venue address: Ipswich Hospital - East Street entrance, Ipswich, Queensland

Event time: Monday - Friday. Table manned - Tuesday 8th August - 9am - 4 pm

Contact Person: Emma Hart

Hospital and Health Service: West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

Email: emma.hart@health.qld.gov.au

Phone: 07 3810 1255

RSVP required?: no


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Hopewell Hospice Dying to Know Day

Event details: Meet with staff from Hopewell Hospice and our Living Well Respite Centre. They will be available to answer questions about the topics of: death, dying, end of life care, advance care planning and respite services for palliative clients still at home.

Venue address: 88 Allied Drive

Event time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Contact Person: Deirdre Hanna

Email: dhanna@paradisekids.org.au

Phone: 07 5574 6853

Event Website: Hopewell.org.au

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: “Dying to Know Day”

Event details: A gathering for anyone who would like to come and talk about any aspect of dying and death. A chance for people to come together, to pay respects and remember those we love who have died, by talking about it. Sharing our stories and experiences, stating our own expectations, our wishes and desires and bringing our ideas about how to we might want to make dying and death different in some way.

Talking about dying and death is often more about making it better for your loved ones to handle it and to experience a healthier bereavement. For those facing death, talking about it reduces fear, helps with the acceptance and is part of the preparation for death. No matter what age we are, fit and healthy or terminally ill, it's a good conversation to have. A family conversation and it can be a community conversation.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre in Bicentenary Lane at 12.45 for 1 pm start till 3 pm. Please bring a small plate of food to share for afternoon tea, if you can and a few gold coins to give as a donation for the venue hire and photocopying handouts you will receive.
The day will include an open discussion, a conversation about how we feel about dying and death, our own or our loved ones. What we want, like or don't like, if we need support or we want to give. What do we want to know? What are the needs of our community now and in the future? 

Bring a photo or memento, a candle or crystal, for a ceremony to honour and think about those who are dead. Leaves, flowers, herbs, sawdust, sand, earth or ash, anything organic to make a small mandala on the ground.
Looking forward to starting the conversation in Maleny, as we all make our journey from Birth to Death
Thinking about death, talking about dying and preparing for it, helps us to Live Well and Die Well.
What’s your experience of talking – or not talking – about death?

Venue address: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, at the end of Bicentenary Lane Maleny.

Event time: 1 pm till 3 pm

Contact Person: Veronica Davidson

Email: v@magicalmaleny.com

Phone: 07 54942838 / 0438776836

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Ensure your Legacy - make your end of life plan

Event details: Your insure you home and car. Why not insure your legacy. Discussion on making your end of life plan. Focus is made on the importance of having a valid will in place. Discussion n other important components include making an Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Health Directive.

Come along and join the discussion. Contemplate your legacy.

Venue address: Westfund 127 East Street, Rockhampton Qld

Event time: 5pm-6pm

Contact Person: Merve

Email: merve@davidmillslawyers.com.au

Phone: 4922 3688

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

Event name: Dying to Talk

Event details: We will be hosting a Morning Tea in our Coffee Shop & begin discussion around Advance Care Planning with Residents & team members & families.

Venue address: 193-201 Brisbane Water Rd Point Clare

Event time: 10.30hrs

Contact Person: Larissa McIntyre

Email: lmcintyre@baptistcare.org.au

Phone: 02 4337 5425

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017

Event Name: Journey Mapping - a collaboration between the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Bereavement Service and Hummingbird House

Event details: The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Bereavement Service in collaboration with Hummingbird House are holding a 'journey mapping' workshop to map the experience of bereaved parents accessing support in the community. Consumers and service providers are invited by invitation. This innovative workshop will be facilitated by Ingrid Burkett of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and aims to strengthen pathways to care between bereaved families and service providers.

Venue address: Hummingbird House, 60 Curwen Terrace, Chermside

Event time: 9am-1pm

Contact Person: Leigh Donovan and Alyson Gundry

Email: bereavement.ppcs@health.qld.gov.au

Phone: 1800 080 316

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: Tuesday 8th August

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

Colin Beard

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: Saturday 12th of August

Event name: Ars Moriendi - the beautiful art of dying" Public Art Exhibition

Event details: The exhibition by local Brisbane artists will fill the heritage listed West Chapel of Mt Thompson Memorial Park. This unique exhibition of art work is designed to evoke and provoke conversations around our own thoughts of death and dying. Art pieces will include sculpture, digital, photography, painting and rubbings. Several artists will be using coffin lids as their canvas to further capture the thoughts and language around our Australian death culture. 

The day will include presentations from

  • 10.30am - Annette Lourigan (Undertaker and Callithumpian Chaplain) “Sea burial to diamonds, a walk through Australia’s Death Culture” 
  • 11.30am – Michelle Bowden (Chair of COSSAG and Exhibition Curator) “Searching for Spirit within Art”
  • 12.30am – Beverley Teske (Artist) “The real cost of war – the ANZACS”
  • 1.30pm - Peta Thompson (Art Therapist) “Art, helping us though the grieving process”

Guided tours of the beautiful landscape gardens of Mt Thompson will also be conducted on the day.

“It is in your final breath that I shall start writing the chapters of your legacy on my heart”, Notes from the Undertaker.

Venue address: 329 Nursery Rd, Holland Park

Event time: 9am-3pm

Contact Person: Annette Lourigan

Email: alourigan@invocare.com.au

Phone: 0409793818

RSVP required?: Yes


Date: 15th August

Event name: Dying To Know Day Event - What's Important at the End of Life and How Do We Do It?

Event details: 

This relaxed evening will include :
* Information on Advance Care Planning
* Update and information from Katie Rose Cottage
* Facilitated discussion around the topic of What's important at the end of life and How do we do it?

It's one of those topics we don't like to talk about, yet it impacts each and every single person - end of life.

It's an experience that can be positive or leave heartbreaking memories for those left behind. In a safe and supported environment, we will explore what's important and how we create this to be as positive an experience as possible.

Entry is by gold coin donation (or more if you wish) and all donations will go to Katie Rose Hospice.

We also thank Gregson and Weight Funerals for providing their facilities free of charge for the night. A light supper will be provided.

Please indicate you are attending to assist with catering by either clicking going or contacting Sharon on 0408 34 00 99 or email peace@SpiritualPalliativeCare.com

Venue address: Gregson and Weight Funerals, 202 Eumundi Road, Noosaville

Event time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Contact Person: Sharon Tregoning

Email: peace@spiritualpalliativecare.com

Phone: 0408340099

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1657884454245932

RSVP required?: No


Date: Tuesday 15th August

Event name: Coffee, Cake and Conversations about Death

Event details: Our focus for the evening is around the idea that “Meaningful end of life planning occurs at any age, regardless of our health status”.

The speakers for the evening include:

  • The Public Trustees Office – talking about the paperwork you should consider having in place
  • QUT Body donation program – what the program is and how it works (tentative for now)
  • Carol Tollis George Hartnett Funerals – clearing up the confusion around the differences between Pre-paid funerals, Funeral Insurance and Insurance Bonds.  
  • Nycole Lloyd from Living Loving Dying – encouraging the community to talk to those they love before it’s too late. We plan for many of life’s’ celebrations and milestones, why don’t we plan better for the end of life? 
  • Karuna Hospice - an introduction to their services of in-home palliative care, a grief and bereavement service, and learning and support service.

Venue address: Full Moon Hotel. 118 Eagle Terrace, Sandgate QLD

Event time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Contact Person: Nycole Lloyd and/or Carol Tollis

Email: info@livinglovingdying.com or ctollis@georgehartnettfunerals.com.au

Phone: Nycole on 0402 143 633. Carol on 0407 817 984

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526772697385151

RSVP required?: No


Event name: D2K Luncheon

Date: 22/8/17

Event details: ACP Project Officer will speak about end of life care plans
* encourage advance care planning and sharing their wishes with family
* discuss will writing and gauge any interest in a will writing morning tea
* encourage the development of community death literacy

Venue address: Blackall Civic Centre

Postcode: 4472

Event time: 11:00

Contact Person: Suzanne Russell

Email: suzanne.russell2@health.qld.gov.au

Phone: 0746507700

RSVP required?: No


Date: 23rd August

Event name: Community Stall

Event details: The Cairns Integrated Palliative Care Team will be running a community stall at Stockland Shopping Centre. We will provide information about dying, Advance Health Directives, Wills and Enduring Power of Attorneys. Also happy to explain what our service offers and also provide information on other services such as Carers Qld, The Cancer Council Qld and The Leukaemia Foundation.

Venue address: Stockland Shopping Centre, 537 Mulgrave Road, Earlville. Cairns.

Postcode: 4870

Event time: 9am to 4pm.

Contact Person: Fae Morgan

Email: fae.morgan@health.qld.gov.au

Phone: 07 40433101     

RSVP required?: No


Date: 24th 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: 29th August 2017

Event name: Dying to Know over High Tea

Event details: Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) invites you to bring a friend, and join us for a high tea in support of Dying to Know Day 2017. Guest speaker, Dr Will Cairns will discuss the importance of having ‘the conversation’ and advance care planning, and Bronwyn Keefer, Social Worker from Townsville Hospital and Health Service, will guide us through considerations for an emotional Will. Together let's spark the conversation over tea and cake!

Venue address: Tumbetin Tea Rooms

Event time: 10am - 12pm

Contact Person: Melissa Anderson

Email: melissa.anderson@primaryhealth.com.au

Phone: 0477 007 492

RSVP required?: Yes