“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”

– Helen Keller

Every day, more than 150,000 families experience death and bereavement.

Sometimes death occurs unexpectedly, and this sudden loss of life leaves little room for preparation. At best, under these circumstances, all we can offer are our sincerest condolences.

Other deaths follow the process of dying. Unlike death, which is a noun, dying is a verb and by implication it involves action. For those who are dying, or care for someone who is dying, the challenge and effort of dying is very real. There are many things to contend with: the physical symptoms of the illness, medical appointments, emotional outbursts, carer’s fatigue, spiritual crises, and a number of practical things that have to be done. It is hard work to die.

As a community, we believe that we can do dying much better, by doing it together. The collective knowledge about dying should be shared. We need your tips, hints, suggestions, coping mechanisms, secrets and sometimes just good stories and words of encouragement so that we don’t feel abandoned on this tough journey.

When it comes to dying, we know that if you can do it, so can we, and if we can do it, so can you. Please see what we have to offer and please share your thoughts with us. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see, or something you would like to know more about, please contact us at info@dyingtounderstand.com.au.


One of the essential things to do in life is to give. True giving is voluntary and expects nothing in return. At its core, giving is an expression of love.

 There are many ways to give, and as a community we encourage giving as an essential thing to do in life.


We deliberately think about dying differently. We think that dying has been ignored for too long and that dying should be a regular discussion point. Death is a certainty, so let’s talk about it.

We are happy to share our thoughts and opinions about life and death and some things in-between.

Point of View

A good debate is always fun. There are views and counter-views, arguments and discussions. This brings out all the flavours. We will start the conversation every week.

As a member, please join in and respectfully have your say. We welcome you and your point of view.


Our community noticeboard is open. Please share events, meetings, notices, things for sale or any other resources that will benefit our community.

(If you are a business and have something to sell, please contact us on the green pages—the noticeboard is for non-commercial community benefit only).

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