Lets talk about death

While we’re now all living longer, and thanks to modern medicine, better, dying is often something we prefer to pretend doesn’t exist, until it does.

When the topic of death comes into conversation it’s often greeted with awkwardness and a quick subject change, but by avoiding this important discussion we often lose sight that a good death is a major part of a good life.

Modelled on the internationally successful ‘Death Cafés’, Palliative Care South Australia has launched its ‘Die-alogue Café’ 2017 program.

Director of Palliative Care South Australia, Tracey Watters, said the Café has all the regular hallmarks of your favourite morning tea destination, with one major difference – the topic of conversation is death.

Managing Director of Alfred James Funeral Directors, Graham James, said while it can be unpleasant to talk about death and dying, it’s a vitally important discussion to have, and why Alfred James is a strong supporter of the Café program.

“Funeral and health professionals believe people coming together to talk about what they want when facing the end of their life, seeking information about appropriate services, and shaking off the ingrained reluctance to talk about death is exactly what is required to improve people’s experience of death,” Graham said. 

Tracey said the Die-alogue Café offers an opportunity to talk about life and death in a casual and friendly environment, while enjoying a cuppa and cake.

“It is an opportunity for anyone to meet and have a honest and genuine conversation, with the aim of improving their end of life experience, or indeed that of someone they love,” she said.

“Each session has a different theme, with the conversation directed by the participants, and no question is off limits.

“The sessions are facilitated by people experienced in caring for those facing death and bereavement and the line-up of topics includes: grief loss and bereavement; a death of a child; and building resilience.

“Die-alogue Café gives you the opportunity – no matter what your stage in life – to gain the information you need to feel more at ease with dying and the choices you will have to face at some point,” Tracey said. 

There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required for catering purposes.

For more information phone 8271 1643 or register at www.pallcare.asn.au/events

Die-alogue Café Program 2017

Friday, April 21st – Seaford Library, Grand Boulevard, Seaford.

Friday, May 19th – Stirling Library, 63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling

Friday, October 13th – Grenville Community Connections Hub, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth.