Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you
National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) runs from Sunday 24 to Saturday 30 May 2015. This year's theme is: Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you. NPCW is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia to promote better palliative care for all Australians.
Australians do not like to talk about death and 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 and prepare for it.
During National Palliative Care Week, Health Consumers NSW encourages you to talk about dying and your options for palliative care.
Death and dying are a normal part of life. Australians need to feel more comfortable talking about what their wishes and needs are as they approach end of life. You need to be comfortable and confident to ask for the care you want.
Use National Palliative Care Week as a conversation starter – get together with those close to you, 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?
- What do you want when you die?
- Have you considered if you wish to be buried or cremated?
- Do you want to pass away at home or in a hospice?
- Have you established a power of attorney?
So, during National Palliative Care Week; take a moment to think about death. How you want to die and how you want to be cared for to live well.
And visit the Palliative Care Australia website to get involved and spread the word. You can download posters and social media imagery and text. There is also a calendar of national and local events.
Health Consumers NSW runs a Palliative Care Network. If you are interested in being involved please contact us at email@example.com or (02) 9986 1082.