At the heart of Dying to Know Day are events designed to get people talking about death, build death literacy in the community and encourage us all to take action toward end of life planning.
For those of us who are currently healthy, facing and talking about death might not seem like something that should be on our agenda. However, meaningful end of life planning can occur at any age, regardless of our health status. Getting informed and proactive can also help arm us with the knowledge to support our loved ones to make their own decisions about their end of life care.
The first step can be as simple as improving our death literacy – the practical know-how to plan well for end of life. Advance care planning is a process that involves making plans for your future medical care in the event that you become too unwell to make decisions for yourself. Advance care planning is an important way for people to not only think about what matters to them in regard to care but to communicate this to their loved ones. In Queensland, you can make your care wishes known by filling out a Statement of Choices form or an Advanced Health Directive.
A key part of Dying to Know Day is taking action – no matter how big or small. So, what will you do? Here is a list to inspire you:
You can share your Dying to Know Day action on the Dying to Know website here.
If you are unsure of what your wishes are, Dying to Know Day has a list of death literacy, planning and conversation tools on their website that can get you thinking about your own personal preferences.