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Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day is your chance to talk about death and find out more - join the conversation and explore life's most difficult topic.
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Get ready to celebrate Dying to Know Day on August 8! This day was founded in 2014 by a team of educators and clinicians as an opportunity for people around the world to discuss death openly. It's a great chance for us all to gain insight into our own mortality, explore cultural differences related to death, and even plan ahead for the future.

History of Dying to Know Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Initial Concept</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first concepts of Dying to Know Day began to be discussed among a team of Australian-based educators and clinicians.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Dying to Know Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official Dying to Know Day was observed in Australia on August 8, promoting open discussions about death, dying and bereavement.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dying to Know Day gained more attention in 2015 with increased media coverage and events across Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Worldwide Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The concept of Dying to Know Day began to be recognized in other countries, promoting international conversations about death.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Diverse Conversations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dying to Know Day evolved to stimulate not only conversations about death, but also cultural differences, self-care and advanced care planning.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>COVID-19 Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dying to Know Day gained even greater significance as people worldwide faced unprecedented mortality rates.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Dying to Know Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a cemetery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a cemetery in your area and take the time to reflect on those who have passed away.  Consider bringing flowers or other mementos.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Hold a memorial service</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather with family and friends to remember those who have passed away. Share stories and memories of the deceased to honor them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a letter to the deceased</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to write a letter to those who have passed away, telling them about your life and how much you miss them. You can also tell them stories about their lives and share memories.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate to a cause that helps those in need or helps the families of those who have passed away. It's a great way to honor those who have passed away and help those in need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Research your family history</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Research your family tree to learn more about your ancestors. You may be surprised at what you find, and it's a great way to learn more about the people who have passed away.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Dying to Know Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages meaningful conversations</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dying to Know Day promotes conversations between family members and friends about subjects such as their health, wishes for the end of life, and other topics that are typically considered taboo. It reminds us that these conversations can be meaningful experiences that help bring us closer together and offer important insights into our lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness of end-of-life care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dying to Know Day not only encourages people to have meaningful conversations about end-of-life issues, it also shines a spotlight on important topics such as advance planning, legal documents, hospice care, pain management, and more. This is essential if we are to ensure everyone has access to quality end-of-life care.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps destigmatize death</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Death is something that society often frowns upon talking about. But Dying to Know Day helps desensitize the topic and show that discussing death can be a positive experience. By bringing these conversations out in the open it helps demystify death and makes it less intimidating or uncomfortable for everyone involved.</p></div></div>

5 Unveiled Facts for Dying to Know Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dying to Know Day originated in Australia</h3><p class='facts-content'>The holiday was first celebrated in Australia, initiated by the Groundswell Project, a non-profit that promotes resilience and wellbeing in response to end-of-life issues and death.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The holiday promotes Death Literacy</h3><p class='facts-content'>Dying to Know Day has an underlying mission to improve what's known as "Death Literacy". This term refers to one's practical understanding of end-of-life processes including funerals, death care, and bereavement.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dying to Know Day emphasizes Advanced Care Planning</h3><p class='facts-content'>One of the key themes of Dying to Know Day is advanced care planning. It encourages people to document their future healthcare preferences, in case they are unable to make such decisions themselves.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The holiday includes various educational resources</h3><p class='facts-content'>Every year on Dying to Know Day, the Groundswell Project offers webinars, podcasts, and resource materials on their website to educate the public about death, dying, and bereavement.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dying to Know Day helps break cultural taboos</h3><p class='facts-content'>By promoting open conversations about death, Dying to Know Day is helping to shatter cultural taboos on the subject, making death a standard part of life's cycle and not a topic to fear or avoid.</p></div></div>

Dying to Know Day FAQs

When is Dying to Know Day?

Dying to Know Day is celebrated on August 8th every year. In 2024 Dying to Know Day will occur on a Thursday.

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