aWake Before Death

The ‘aWake Before Death’ (ABD) project came about through a collaborative partnership process based on existing relationships between: Clarence Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (CPAAC) and Service Provider Network (PAN); Fairway Rise Retirement Living; Salmutations Music Therapy; Community Conversations; and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre.

With the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre as the auspice organisation, the partnership group applied for and received a grant from the Better Access to Palliative Care Program through the Tasmanian Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (TAHAPC) Inc. Council also contributed funds from its Positive Ageing Plan towards the project.

The aim of ABD is to engage people of all ages in Clarence in the promotion and education of end-of-life planning, through the use of stories, music and the arts, to help build knowledge, awareness and capacity across the community in a sustainable way. 

Project Outcomes

aWake Before Death was planned and led by a partnership group within the Clarence area of Tasmania, Australia. 
The group worked together with local residents over seven months conducting conversations on death and dying, grief and bereavement and end-of-life planning. A very moving film clip was produced with some residents.  

The film is part of a suite of flexible resources to promote awareness of death and dying and to encourage other communities to have conversations about end-of-life planning. The film can be uploaded on websites and social media and used globally in a variety of settings for education and training. 

The kit of resources is designed by the community group to be sustainable and ongoing beyond the life of the project. 
aWake Before Death was promoted at MOFO, January 2016 and is promoted through the World Health Organisation (WHO) Network for Age Friendly Cities Communities Global Database of programs and activities.

Access the website here.