The event was held on Thursday the 8th of August, on national Dying To Know Day, to create conversations and provide education for the community about death, dying and grief, and locally available support services.
Living and Dying: Let’s Talk Portarlington ran in the form of two sessions, from 12-6:30 pm. Guests, the 23 stallholders, community members, and volunteers were welcomed by Geelong Cemeteries Trust CEO Darryl Thomas alongside Compassionate Hearts on the Bellarine.
13 guest speakers presented throughout the day, including the likes of St John of God Geelong Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director of Ballarat Hospice Care Dr. David Brumley, as well as Associate Professor and Author Dr. Charlie Corke, who provided advice about planning for death.
Speed talking presentations were given about Palliative Care, Lifeline, Hope Bereavement Care, and Advance Care Planning. Ristevski Lawyers, Australian Funeral Directors Association, My Aged Care, Compassionate Hearts on the Bellarine, and Geelong Cemeteries Trust, also presented about dying support an end of life options.
A free buffet lunch was provided on the day, as well as a Death Café hosted by Alyson Welsh, a Death Bar, guided meditation, and live music.
165 people attended the event, which exceeded expectations. Geelong Cemeteries Trust is looking forward to hosting future Living and Dying: Let’s Talk community events across Victoria later in the year and in 2020.
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