'Dying to Know Day,' August 8 is a wonderful initiative, which has the potential to benefit all Australians, Senator Polley said today.
Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death and dying. It is aimed at encouraging all Australians to develop new knowledge and attitudes about how to deal with death and bereavement and support each other at the end of life.
"I encourage all Tasmanians to take the opportunity on this day to talk to their loved ones, friends and GP about death and dying in general. More importantly, as a society we should encourage discussions around the subject of death so plans can be made about the way in which we want to die".
Senator Polley acknowledges TheGroundSwell Project's work in bringing about this inaugural 'Dying to Know Day.' Senator Polley said that, "this day has the potential to be a truly recognised national holiday, whereby everyone can have a discussion about the way in which they want to be cared for and their plans for how and in what way they want to die."
These plans can include such discussions as, how a person wants to be cared for in the final months and days of their life, whether they want to remain at home or do they want to live in a nursing home or hospice? Senator Polley commented.
"Death is a natural part of life and is no longer a taboo subject; we must talk actively with one another about death and accept it as a natural part of life. It is foolish not to have discussions like these, because all of us will be in a situation one day where you may not be able to make such decisions, which is why you need to tell your loved one's how you want to be cared for, so your wishes are met" Senator Polley said.
"It is also a day to recognise all the work medical professionals do to care for the elderly. The nurses, doctors, family and palliative care specialists are the true heroes of the elderly. We should not forget their tireless work on this day," Senator Polley commented.