It’s one of the last taboos – talking about death. But it’s a fate we all face, and to have the best death possible, we need to plan and prepare for it. This year’s Palliative Care Week is promoting the message, ‘Dying to talk; talking about dying won’t kill you’.
Australians need to feel more comfortable talking about our wishes and needs as we approach the end of our lives, and we need to be comfortable and confident to ask for the care we want. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) encourages all Australians to use Palliative Care Week as a conversation starter – get together with those close to you, celebrate life, and talk about death.
Some of the things we can consider:
- How do I want to be cared for?
- What values are important to me?
- What do I want when I die?
- Do I want to be buried or cremated?
- Do I want to die at home? Hospice? Hospital?
- Have I established a Power of Attorney?
Talking about end-of-life wishes in a calm environment ahead of big decisions can make it easier. 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.
A number of events are planned for National Palliative Care Week 2015. Visit www.palliativecare.org.au for details.
Pictured: Epworth’s palliative care team (from left to right) Christina Bouras (palliative care social worker), Rachel Corbett (palliative care nurse consultant), Catherine Hungwa (palliative care nurse consultant), Karen Ellis (pastoral care) and Dr Peter Sherwen (palliative care specialist).