Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.

– Haruki Murakami


But it often is. Wishful thinking and hoping for the best are not enough.

We know this, and we understand dying.

The aim of our charity is to provide all the necessary resources to be prepared for dying, and to then get on with living. As a community, we believe that we can do both living and dying better, by doing it together.

This starts with a conversation and a different way of thinking.

I invite you to join our community and take part in this conversation.

See you soon.

Dr Colin Dicks
MBChB, MMED, FCRadOnc (SA), Dip Palliative Medicine, FRANZCR, MBA


Don’t give up on life even in the face of a terminal illness and death. We have some suggestions that may help keep you focused.


This helpful and essential information is important to read when diagnosed with a terminal illness and before death.


There are things we do better when we do it together. Find out how beneficial it is to be part of a supportive community.


When presented with a terminal illness, you need the right tools to stay strong. When it comes to living and dying we can help. 


Death and dying is a private and sensitive matter. It is because of this we have chosen a membership model to ensure our community is protected. Please take the time to have a look around, learn a bit more about what we do and how our membership works. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


As a registered charity with DGR (deductible gift recipient) status, Dying to Understand is about giving. We want to give to you and give to others. It is about more than just money – it is about being a hero, anonymously or not, for those in need. Learn more about how we give and see how you can help those in need.

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