Dying to Know Day – 8 August 2022

Dying to Know Day is an annual event across Australia to promote community knowledge and understanding about talking about end of life with family and friends so they understand and know your wishes.

This year the campaign asks people of all ages and stages of life to prioritise compassionate conversations and ‘get dead set’ around the reality of death and dying. – because it’s going to happen to us all. It outlines simple steps people can take around end-of-life planning, which is personal and unique to everyone.

Each year the Network runs a series of events for Dying to Know Day.  To keep informed please email us and we will send you a program.

To find out more about the Dying to Know Day movement visit

Monthly Death Cafe

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death in an accessible, respectful and confidential space.

The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’

We run a death cafe every month.  For details for the next Death Cafe please email Felicity at

Follow Death Cafe South West on Facebook 

West Australian Young Widow Support Group

This group is for anyone who identifies with being a young widow or widower who is living in West Australia and has experienced the death of a partner.

The purpose of this support group is to provide a safe space where widowed people can connect in an online group and support each other through the challenges of grief.  

Face to face peer support catch-ups are also organised that group members have the opportunity to attend. The group themes are of kindness, understanding and compassion which combined can bring a sense of strength to group members. In addition to intense grief, there are many new life challenges that widowhood brings. The group connection can assist widowed people by reducing the feelings of isolation in grief by connecting with other widowed peers. This can make such a difference to the widowhood journey. The group offers a respectful, empathetic and supportive space where thoughts and experiences can be shared without the fear of judgement.

​For further information on this group please contact

2021 State Forum: Let’s Build a Compassionate and Connected WA

In August 2021, the South West Compassionate Communities Network of Western Australia ran a statewide forum with a focus on arming people with the tools to build compassionate communities in their areas as well as showcasing current projects based on a compassionate communities approach. Key presenters in this space were Prof Samar Aoun, Prof Allan Kellehear, Jessie Williams, Bonnie Tompkins, Dr Andrea Grindrod, A/Prof Bruce Rumbold and Mayor of Albany Dennis Wellington.

It was attended in person by 180 people from all walks of life and professions (a rare opportunity in this pandemic time!) plus those on livestream.

If you missed it, a link to the Livestream recording of the event is available here – YouTube LiveStream Link

Thanks again to the sponsors who made the event possible.

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