Opening up the conversation about end of life

Published on 26 July 2019


Indigo Shire Council is getting behind Dying to Know Day on August 8, an initiative which aims to bring to life conversations and actions to help Australians plan better for the end of life.

As part of a number of events planned across the country, Indigo Shire Council is hosting a ‘Death Café’ in Beechworth, where community members can come together over a morning tea to share knowledge and practical insights on how to plan well for end of life.

Indigo Shire Mayor, Councilor Bernard Gaffney, said that while end of life can be an uncomfortable topic, it’s important to discuss it with family and friends.

“We have an ageing population in Indigo Shire, with more than 20% of our population aged 65 and above,” Cr Gaffney said.

“By providing a safe space where we can talk about end of life plans we can help individuals and families know best how to support loved ones in understanding death and how to best respect their wishes.”

Nicole Stephens, End of Life Doula from Stepping Beyond, will facilitate the Death Café, which will be held at Quercus, Beechworth from 10:30am – 12pm on Thursday 8 August 2019.

Community members will have the opportunity to speak with end of life planning professionals from a number of local support groups and grief counselling services including Comfort Circle and Changing Minds. 

The event aligns with Indigo Shire Council’s Ageing Well Strategy, which aims to develop projects and initiatives to promote wellbeing and inclusion for an ageing population.

To register for the event please contact Kate O’Toole on (03) 5728 8079 or

For more information on Dying to Know Day, visit


For more information:
Stephanie Raphael, Acting Media & Communications Advisor

03 5728 8017