Governance

We believe in good governance. As a NFP organisation we rely on valuable financial contributions and we want to ensure that we provide, not only value for money, but also responsible allocation of resources within our vision and mission statement.

Directors

Chairman: Dr Colin Dicks
Treasurer: Mr Paul Lanham
Secretary: Dr Brunhilde Davis

Alison Buzza

Marketing

Chris Thiesen

Website

Mission/How

Dying to Understand is an online resource related to death and dying, available for all those impacted by a terminal illness as they and their loved ones travel the path to death.

Our Mission is to:

  •  Provide education about dying: including wills, testaments, advanced directives, funeral planning, palliative care
  • Provide education about living: including how to do your bucket list, photo shoots, legacy and telling your story
  • Provide a community forum for discussion about anything life and death related 
  • Provide education on palliative care resources and topics at the level that everyone can understand

Vision/What we are about

To be a leading, caring and respected global not-for-profit organisation providing quality online resources to support all people who will be affected by death in the next six to 12 months.

Purpose/why

We have seen too many people die without due regard for this unavoidable day in every life. We have seen bad deaths – unnecessary suffering, poor planning, family breakdowns, financial distress, excessive loss and bereavement, as well as heartache that can be avoided if better preparation for death is included.

In medicine, there are no guarantees, but we aim for a good death: one where all affairs are in order, life has been lived without ongoing regret, and at the time of dying, there is peace.

Our resources are aimed at:

  • People directly affected by a terminal condition (with a cancer focus) who is in the last months of life and who are seeking education about dying
  • People indirectly affected by a terminal condition such as family members and friends who need education about dying
  • Healthcare workers who need assistance in managing the conversation around dying – before , during and after death
  • The wider community – by supporting events that celebrate and maximise life. 
  • Soon to come we will look toward supporting our professional so we can  keep learning and talking about death and dying
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