Talk­ing it through

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

Yet it seems that the sub­ject of dy­ing is be­com­ing more ‘ac­cept­able’ again. “We have for­got­ten the di­a­logue around death and the rit­u­als that we used to have,” says Amanda Blainey, founder of Do­ing Death (www. do­ingdeath.com) and host of a Death Cafe (www.death­cafe.com). “But peo­ple are now slowly be­com­ing in­ter­ested in rede ning how we view death and how we deal with it.”

Talk­ing openly is a help­ful way to pre­pare for, and cope with, death and bereavement. “I chal­lenge the idea that death is a taboo talk­ing topic,” says Jessie Wil­liams, Ex­ec­u­tive O cer at The GroundSwell Project. “We start con­ver­sa­tions about death and dy­ing every day at GroundSwell – and peo­ple are up for it.” Based in Aus­tralia, The Groundswell Project’s pur­pose is to cre­ate a more death-lit­er­ate so­ci­ety, where peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties have the prac­ti­cal know-how needed to plan well and re­spond to dy­ing, death and grief.

“It can be a chal­leng­ing con­ver­sa­tion, but ev­ery­one has a story about death and dy­ing so they are eas­ily shared once the con­ver­sa­tion is opened up,” adds Jessie.

Amanda, who is based in the UK, agrees. “When you give peo­ple space to talk about it, they’re happy to dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences and what they have been through.”

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