The topic of death and dying is taboo in many households with conversations about funerals, burials and how one wishes to die difficult and emotional.
The Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the End-of-Life Expo was an opportunity to raise awareness about locally available services which supported community members with end-of-life decision-making.
“Many of us find it frightening to have honest and open conversations on end-of-life choices,” Cr Wriedt said.
“The reality is that preparing well for death is an important act that can also be a gift for the loved ones we will leave behind.
“The expo will be held on Wednesday 15 June with a range of stallholders, representing groups such as Palliative Care Tasmania, funeral services, financial advice, independent doulas, grief and bereavement specialists.
“On display at the expo will be examples of natural and environmentally sustainable caskets/coffins.
A program of free talks and workshops on end-of-life choices, will be running through the entire day and into the evening.
“There is a range of high calibre speakers across a breadth of informative topics like how to start a conversation about death and dying; how to care for their loved ones at home; how palliative care works, guardianships, grief and bereavement.
There will also be information available on death doulas, natural burials, home funerals, voluntary assisted dying and how to manage your digital legacy.
The Kingborough End of Life Expo will be held on Wednesday 15 June from 10am until 2pm at the Kingborough Community Hub.
More information about the speaker’s program here.