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Dying to Know Day -Bringing to Life Conversations about Death

Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement. 

It takes place tomorrow, August 8, and is aimed at encouraging all Australians to make their end-of-life plans, such as a will and advance care plan and to share their wishes with families and loved ones.

Did you know?

  • 75% of Australians 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

Dying to Know Day is also a good opportunity to become informed about  end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community led funerals and natural burial. It’s also a chance to become betterbe better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement.

There are organised events in local communities, but if you can’t get to those, take the time to take  personal action such as writing your will or having a conversation with a loved one.

To find out more, including events near you, go to

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