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Talks about death and dying in Joondalup and Fremantle
A series of community events to mark national Dying to Know Day 2015 will be held in Joondalup and Fremantle during August.

National Dying to Know Day, which aims at engaging the community to bring conversation surrounding death, to life, is on August 8.

Gift of Grace Co-directors Nicolette Smith (White Gum Valley) and Stacey Farmer (Mt Lawley) will roll the dice and cut a pack of playing cards to get you comfortable and talking.

That's right - they will use a game to invite people to have conversations and death and dying. Rather than being confronting, it's a gentle and fun way to bring up discussions on topics such as conducting your own funeral, eco-friendly choices and funeral and planning options ... and what happens to your social and digital media footprint after you die.

Events will be hosted across Perth and Fremantle to give the community plenty of opportunities to discuss what is often regarded as a difficult or taboo subject.

Check out the events on offer and make sure you book in. All booking information is below.

On Friday, August 7, 2015 from 10-11.30am The Game of Life will be at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall Centre, Kings Square, Fremantle. This activity is free but booking is essential. Call 9432 9725 or email

On Saturday, August 8, 2015 a Death Café will be held at Headspace Joondalup on the ground floor of Sanori House, 126 Grand Boulevard (entrance Reid Promenade), Joondalup from 2pm-4.30pm. This event is co-hosted by Perth & Sydney Death Cafés and Gift of Grace. Cost is $25 which includes refreshments and a signed copy of Best Death Possible included. Click here to register.

On Sunday August 16, 2015 a chat about DIY and Eco-Friendly Funeral Options will be held in Fremantle from 10am to noon. The venue will be confirmed with your booking. Cost is $25 which includes morning tea. Bookings here.

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 there will be a talk about Digital Afterlife in Fremantle from 1pm-3pm. The venue will be confirmed with your booking. Cost is $25 which includes afternoon tea. Bookings here.

On Thursday, August 20, 2015 a Let's Talk about the 'D' Word session will be held in Joondalup Library, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup from 10am -11.30am. Cost is $2 and includes morning tea. To book, call 9400 4751 or register here.

The last event will be on Sunday, August 23, 2015 - a session Creative Funeral Planning in Fremantle from noon to 4pm. Again, the venue will be confirmed with your booking. The cost for this is $80 and includes afternoon tea provided. Bookings here.

Dying to Know Day is an annual event. According to the Groundswell Project 75% of people have not had end of life discussions with their loved ones and 60% of people think we do not talk about death enough and that most of us would prefer to die at home rather than in a hospital.

These stats are something the Gift of Grace directors want to change.

For more information, contact Nicolette on 0416 344 175.
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Why? National Dying to Know Day
When: August 8-23, 2015
Phone: 0416 344 175
Where: Various locations Fremantle and Joondalup
Cost: Various
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