Dying to Know Day


Dying to Know Day is a national public health campaign designed to create a shift in our cultural response to death.  On 8 August this year, Dying to Know Day in partnership with the Groundswell Project and Preparing the Way will be staging a free public event in The Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, between 10am and 6.30pm.


 

Dying to Know Day – Fed Square

Dying to Know Day is a national public health campaign designed to create a shift in our cultural response to death.  On 8 August this year, Dying to Know Day in partnership with the Groundswell Project and Preparing the Way will be staging a free public event in The Atrium at Federation Square between 10am and 6.30pm.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 75% of us 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

Kicked the bucket. Croaking it. Pushing-up daisies. Passed over, on, away.
The D-word.

We have no shortage of names for it, but when faced with death we are often lost for words. Our superstitions and fears about dying, and the discomfort we feel, affect our approach and experiences of the end of life. Here at The GroundSwell Project we reckon it’s time for an upgrade on how we go about our dying matters.

Consider this…

  • 9 out of 10 people never tell anyone their end-of-life wishes.
  • 45% of people die without a will.
  • 70% of people express a wish to die at home. 14% get to do so.

What if… we were to create a shift from generalised avoidance to deep engagement and social action?

Explore more conversations and engagements about Death: Dying to Know Day is an event in Federatoin Square; Groundswell Project is an activity and discussion project and Preparing the Way raises choices and reflections on that which many do not discuss.

 

 

 

 

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