Dying seems to have become a difficult topic for a lot of people. Many of us have lost the knowledge about what happens, what to say to each other, and the options we have for care. That lack of information often results in fear. But dying is often much more peaceful and gentle than people expect.

We need to talk about dying’ aims to support communities to reclaim their familiarity with dying by sharing stories and information and to make it easy for them to talk about it more, and to ensure we all feel more ready and able to support each other when we’re grieving.

Death is a social experience, and we all have a role. We need to talk about dying. How you can get involved:

Watch the videos, hear what Mary, Pete & Margaret, Stu, Pam and Waana have to say in the videos below about death, dying and living.

Share. Please help others by sharing our content on social media – like us on Facebook and be part of the conversation.

Talk. Talk to your friends and family – what is important to you when you think about your end of life?

Use. Use the resources – do you know someone who is unwell or someone whose loved one has just died? You may find the resources useful.

Plan. Consider creating an advance care plan – for more info visit advancecareplanning.org.nz