june, 2022

05jun10:00 am4:00 pmDying To Know Day Newcastle10:00 am - 4:00 pm The Belford, 35 Belford Street BROADMEADOW 2292

Event Details

It’s not always easy to know how to talk about dying. Awkwardness, embarrassment, and
fear means we tend to shy away from connecting with those who are dying or those who are
grieving. But when we don’t talk about what matters it can increase feelings of isolation,
loneliness and distress.
Sunday 5 th June is Dying to Know Day, an annual campaign where people are encouraged
to start conversations about death. In Newcastle the campaign will be marked with an event
where the public is invited to come along and receive practical guidance, information, and
resources on how to say goodbye. Attendees will hear from guest speakers with
presentations around the importance of listening skills, and what those who are dying may
experience as death approaches.
Organiser Ruth Boydell, end of life educator and doula from Lifetimes End of Life Support
comments “There was a time when we used to talk about death, to prepare and plan for a
future without us. It provided comfort and support for everyone involved.”
Australians have skipped a generation or two of being part of their parents; or grandparents;
deaths, as they have been removed to hospital admission or aged care. Death has become
a private medical affair rather than an acceptable human part of life. Ruth continues “We
hope we can open up dialogue at Sunday’s event to assist Novocastrians who are facing
death themselves or the death of a loved one”
The event is supported by many organisations, including James Murray Funerals who will
share information about the process and practical procedures of what to do after someone
dies. This will be followed by a presentation and tour of their facilities. Jane Hanlon from
James Murray Funerals adds. “The process of arranging a funeral can be daunting and
emotional, with those bereaved needing not only support and understanding but practical
advice. Our role is to take away some of the burden whilst fulfilling the wishes of the family”
For further event information phone Ruth Boydell on 0411 165 914.
Entry is Gold Coin donation, please also bring cash for food purchases.



(Sunday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Belford

35 Belford Street BROADMEADOW 2292