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Dying to Talk; talking about dying wont kill you

National Palliative Care week runs from Sunday 24th – Saturday 30th May 2015

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This year’s theme is:Dying to talk;talking about dying wont kill you. Australians do not like to talk about death & dying, it is one of the last taboos. But death happens to us all and to have the best death possible, we need to plan & prepare for it.

Palliative Care Australia wants to normalise death and dying. To do this Australians need to feel more comfortable talking about what their wishes & needs are as they approach end of life. Australians need to be be confident to ask for the care they want.

Palliative Care Australia encourages all Australians to use National Palliative Care Week as a conversation starter, to get together with those close to them, celebrate life (have a meal or a coffee) and talk about death.

  • How do you want to be cared for?
  • What values are important to you?
  • Have you established a power of attorney?
  • What you want when you die?
  • Have you considered if you wish to be buried or cremated?
  • Do you want to pass away at home, in hospital or hospice?

All these questions and more need to be addressed to ensure Australians can aim for the best death possible with their family & friends aware of their wishes.

Talking can be difficult. But talking about end of life wishes in a calm environment ahead of big decisions can make it easier. An advance care plan is one way to express care wishes and make arrangements. So take a moment to think about death. How do you want to die and how do you want to be cared for to live well?

(source Palliative Care Australia)