Dying to know day

By Corin Kelly
Monday, 08 August, 2016

Did you know that 75% of us have not had end of life discussions? Dying to Know Day events activate conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning.


  • 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


  • develop their death literacy

  • make their end of life plans such as a will and advance care plans

  • share these wishes with their families

  • get informed about end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community led funerals and natural burial

  • be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement.

Dying to Know Day is an initiative of The GroundSwell Project inspired by the book Dying To Know – bringing death to life created by Igniting  Change formerly Pilotlight Australia.
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