Talking it through
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.”