If you are hesitant about talking to anyone about your death, here is a list of things that might persuade you to get started!

Here’s 28 reasons to talk about end-of-life and death

  1. Death is much more than wills and choosing a power of attorney – but most people don’t know that until they talk.
  2. You can make an informed choice about what a good death looks like to you.
  3. People need to know your cultural care preferences before you enter end-of-life stages. E.g. LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CaLD, Autism, NNT specific, Disability Inclusive, trauma-informed care etc.
  4. Talking about death helps reduce our stress – and the stress of the people we care about.
  5. The more you talk and plan your end-of-life experience, the more bases you cover.
  6. It makes it easier to figure out what you want.
  7. It makes it easier to figure out what you don’t want.
  8. It’s better to plan now than to wrestle it when shock and grief take hold.
  9. You can enjoy a more in-depth, less hurried (and pressured!) approach to planning.
  10. Bedside disagreements SUCK.
  11. Proper planning allows access to options like Voluntary Assisted Dying.
  12. There’s a lot of moving parts to manage and things can fall through the cracks.
  13. If you lose the capacity to advocate for yourself, someone else can do it for you.
  14. You gift yourself time to investigate options and clarify ideas.
  15. You can find your end-of-life dream team rather than settling for whoever you can get.
  16. It helps empower people outside your family to advocate for you on your behalf.
  17. More chance of giving them the legal power to advocate for your choices.
  18. Enhances existing relationships through deeper, more intimate, values-based discussions.
  19. Reduces the risk of you experiencing an end-of-life that doesn’t reflect you or your values.
  20. Time to create the best possible send off.
  21. Helps your friends, peers and community get ready together.
  22. Greater chance of a death that reflects you in every way possible.
  23. Encourages communities to rally around the death and dying.
  24. Decreases the likelihood of invasive and unnecessary treatments in the last stages of life.
  25. The more death literate we all are, the better we can support each other.
  26. Less complicated and complex grief outcomes leading to reduced trauma.
  27. If you’ve lived your life expecting certain levels of autonomy, choice and customisation, you can enjoy this wit death and dying, too.End-of-life and palliative care need your input to be tailored to your care needs.
  28. Gives you greater control over your end-of-life experience, and with it, more chance of a dignified death.


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