Talking death is difficult, but forward planning means we can die in a way that is true to ourselves and considerate of our family, says end-of-life specialist Shanna Provost.
"Australians care about end-of-life planning but many don't act on it," Ms Provost said.
"Last year’s research shows 90 percent of Australians say it’s important to plan for care options in the face of serious or terminal illness, while only 40 percent actually do something about it."
Ms Provost, author of the Rest Easy Journal, helps community members put their end-of-life wishes into action.
Next week, Ms Provost is running free community workshops to mark National Dying to Know Day (August 8), supported by Eurobodalla Council's Healthy End of Life Project.
"Council recognises the importance of helping the community to have discussions and get their affairs in order for a healthy end of life,” Ms Provost said.
“You'll come away from these sessions with information on how to make the best decisions for you and how to gently have those tough conversations with loved ones.”
Narooma Library will hold a session on Monday 7 August. The Batemans Bay Library will hold a session on Tuesday 8 August and there will be a session at Moruya Library on Thursday 10 August.
Bookings for the 1.5 hour sessions are essential, through the libraries' event webpage or contact Moruya Library on 4474 1333.
Above: Shanna Provost continues her mission to equip everyone for a healthy end of life. She has the best tips and advice on how to have those tough conversations with loved ones and make the best decisions for you and your family.