NSW's State Parliament House will be hosting a forum on Thursday 27 June titled "Let's Talk About Dying - A Conversation About End of Life".
"We all know we're going to die," said Ian Day, chief executive officer of Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA), "but most of us refuse to talk about it".
The NSW division of COTA has organised Consumer Reference Groups all over the state, revealed Mr Day. When people over the age of 50 were asked at these session about which issues they felt were the most important, an overwhelming majority said "death, dying and the way our society approaches the end of life".
A recently conducted COTA NSW 2013 Survey on the subjects of death and dying reveals much the same thing - namely, that we need to spend less time avoiding and more time discussing this important topic.
Mr Day said those living in NSW and Australia as a whole need to put more thought into how they wish to die.
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If Australians don't start having conversations about death now, said Mr Day, they could find that their options are much more limited than they would like when their time comes.
The COTA NSW 2013 Survey revealed some interesting figures about how those in NSW wish to face the final curtain. Apparently 50.6 per cent of those who responded would like to die at home "if they had the right support".
Mr Day said this proviso was important and points to the necessity of planning ahead. He said that such support costs, but no money will be invested in making it a reality until the people of NSW stop keeping their wishes to themselves.
Thursday's forum provides the perfect platform to share these thoughts with your loved ones and the wider public.
Sadly, 27.6 per cent of those who took part in the survey and said they had witnessed a death thought insufficient palliative care was provided during their loved one's final weeks and days.
"That's alarming," said Mr Day, and again illustrates why "Let's Talk About Dying - A Conversation About End of Life" is necessary.