Dying to Know Day 2023: Empowering conversations about end-of-life

Published: 8/8/2023 | Updated: 8/8/2023

Dying to Know Day is an annual campaign on the 8th of August, empowering Australians to advocate for their own end-of-life planning.

The day encourages people at all stages of adult life to take individual action, hold events and learn about end-of-life choices. The campaign which aims to reduce future distress for loved ones, encourages people to have open conversations about death and proactive planning.

Join the conversation by sharing your own experiences or events via social media using hashtags: #DyingToKnowDay  #GetDeadSetMyWay or #GetDeadSet.

Dying to Know Day
Dying to Know Day

Why is it Important?

In many societies, death is an uncomfortable topic, surrounded by fear and misunderstanding. However, by addressing it openly, we empower ourselves and our loved ones to better navigate life's final chapters. Having these conversations enables us to express our wishes, values and preferences concerning end-of-life care and funeral arrangements.  

Dying to Know Day
Dying to Know Day

Campaign history

2023 marks the eleventh year of the campaign. Dying to Know Day is an initiative of The GroundSwell Project inspired by the book 'Dying To Know - Bringing Death to Life' created by Igniting Change.

Take action

Take control of your own future and make informed decisions with the assistance of Dying to Know Day's five helpful documents below. By clicking on each word, you'll have access to valuable information and resources relevant to your state or territory.

Depending on your circumstances, some or all of these documents may apply to you.  Take action to make your own decisions today.

Dying to Know Day
Dying to Know Day

Event resources

If you are interested in running your own event, there are helpful resources and ideas in the Dying to Know Day event kit here.

Your final checklist

Not sure where to start with your end of life planning? Dying to Know Day have developed a checklist to help get you started. It is a list of the main documents you need to complete and suggestions of other things you can prepare.

Download Dying to Know Day's YOUR Final Checklist here.

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