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6 August, 2020

Dying to Know Day – conversations to help with death, dying and grief

COMMUNITY funerals will be hosting a ‘Dying to Know Day’ where locals can learn how to open up the conversations around death and dying and how to cope.

By Rhys Thomas

COMMUNITY funerals will be hosting a ‘Dying to Know Day’ where locals can learn how to open up the conversations around death and dying and how to cope.

The annual Dying to Know Day is run by The Groundswell Project, a not-for profit organisation that is now in its 7th year of celebrating Dying to Know Day.

It’s an annual day dedicated to activating conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.

People are often ill-equipped to start a conversation or how to support a loved one who is dying, caring or grieving and Dying to Know day aims to help change that.

Dying to Know Day is designed to change this by activating conversations, encouraging death literacy and providing a space to talk about end of life plans individuals, families and even whole communities can learn to deal with death better.

This year Community Funerals have put their hands up to help host the event on Saturday, August 8 at their newly opened office in Atherton.

Community Funerals Atherton Funeral Coordinator Sharon Fittler is happy to help to start the conversation around death and how to cope.

“It’s to open up the conversation around death and dying,” she said.

“She had brought it to other community organisations to host the event but no one had picked it up so we got involved.

“We thought what a great way to break down those barriers and ask all those questions that they wouldn’t know who else to ask.”

The decision to host the event came after Community Funerals was approached by a palliative care worker at the Atherton Hospital who asked Community Funerals if they would be happy to host the day for the community.

This year’s campaign theme is Death: It Takes All of Us which aims to encourage communities and individuals to consider what part they can play is supporting each other in times of vulnerability.

The Dying to Know Day will be held on Saturday, Augsut 8 from 10am to 4pm at 112 Main Street, Atherton.

For more information phone Community Funerals on 4091 1199.


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