On October 10, the Living Well team at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with their first ‘Let’s Talk About Death Over Dinner’ public session.
Having to cancel their face-to-face event in April due to COVID-19, the team worked to develop an online version of Michael Hebb’s Let’s Talk About Death Over Dinner conversation. During the pilot and development phase since, the team have held five different sessions with a total of 43 participants.
A lively, reflective and inspiring discussion
Last Saturday morning, 23 participants and six facilitators from across Australia engaged in a lively, reflective and inspiring discussion about a range of topics, such as:
• How has COVID-19 changed the way we think about death?
• Where would you like to be when you die?
• What song would you like at your funeral?
Participants laughed, cried, shared stories of lives well lived, and ideas for a good life and good death. Feedback from the session was overwhelmingly positive with 100% of participants reporting an excellent or good experience and 90% of participants indicating they were very likely or likely to host their own Death Over Dinner- inspired conversation.
Encouraging further conversations
Thanks to the generous support of Glen Eira City Council, participants will also receive a home delivery kit containing a copy of Michael Hebb’s Let’s Talk About Death Over Dinner book, a $20 voucher to put towards a Death Over Dinner conversation and information and resources about living, dying and grieving well.
Note of appreciation and further information
Event organiser, Karen Bolger, would like to thank Lindy Shaw, Kath Murphy, Mary Ringstad, Maree O’Toole and Heike Fleischmann for their assistance in developing and facilitating the event.
If you would like more information about this event, or ideas about how to run your own Death Over Dinner inspired event, please contact Karen Bolger at Karen.Bolger@calvarycare.org.au