Expo sheds light on taboo subject
AN expo trying to remove the stigma surrounding talking about death was held in Bull Creek last week.
The Dying to Know Day was held at the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) WA Memorial Estate on August 8.
Different organisations from WA were there to inform the public on issues related to death.
RAAFA WA welfare officer Carena Blair said there were many taboos in Western culture to do with death.
But the Dying to Know Day expo was trying to help people deal with the end of their lives in a more positive way.
“What we are promoting is just to think of death as the last chapter and to understand it,” she said.
“We had 30 vendors here that can help people make plans, as well people from Palliative Care WA, legal representatives, funeral homes, aroma therapists and spiritual healers.
“I think people enjoyed coming through and thinking about these issues.
“You might not expect it but people were expressing their gratitude for the expo, as well as smiling and enjoying the conversations.
“We are encouraging people to have conversations with their loved ones and talk about their plans because you don’t know when your last day is.”
Among the organisations at the expo was Dying with Dignity WA, which advocates for end-of-life choices.
The WA Parliament established a Joint Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in August 2017. A decision is expected soon.
Committee member Dinny Laurence said they encouraged people to let their local MLAs know how they felt.
Palliative Care WA executive officer Lana Glogowski, Perth Death Collective end of life practitioner Shoalia Fitzgerald, Royal Australian Air Force Association WA chief executive John Murray and spiritual healer Susan Ashley at the expo.