Death and dying the subjects of a new film to awaken our thoughts

Conversations about death and dying will be the subjects of a new short film to be launched today (8 December 2015) by the Honorable Elise Archer MP at the Rosny Barn.

aWake Before Death is a touching and powerful film that features local resident’s insights on grief, fear, choices about dying and their wishes for arrangements for funerals and wakes.

City of Clarence Mayor, Alderman Doug Chipman said he hoped the film would start the conversation about death, dying and end-of-life-planning.

“Death and dying are difficult subjects to talk about, however we must all confront it at some stage in our lives,” Mayor Chipman said.

“It is important that we have these discussions with the people we love and also more broadly in the community, and I think aWake Before Death does this in a very sensitive way.

“Our aim through this film is to promote, engage and educate people of all ages in end-of-life planning and more broadly, raise widespread community awareness. This film could be an important resource for education and training.”

aWake Before Death was made possible through a grant from the Better Access to Palliative Care Program (through the Tasmanian Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Inc) and Clarence City Council.

The project is a collaboration between the Council’s Positive Ageing Network and Advisory Committee, the Clarence Community Volunteer Service, the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre, Fairway Rise Retirement Living Village, Salmutations Music Therapy and Cath Schlyder from Community Conversations.

Manager of the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre Inc., Leanne Doherty, said the Centre was proud to auspice the grant for this project as it addresses a need expressed by those in our community.   

“A gentleman responded to our flyer on the project during the planning stage and he said that he ‘was glad to see this topic being talked about in the community’ as he had difficulty in talking to his daughter regarding his wishes,” Ms Doherty said.

The film will be shown as part of the MOFO Festival in January 2016 at MONA.

“This is a remarkable film and I really thank all community members who participated in the filming as well as all those who put this film together,” Mayor Chipman said.

Clarence City Council
38 Bligh Street (PO Box 96)
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Telephone:(03) 62 17 9500

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