End-of- life talk is tough

April 11, 2018

The End of Life Roadshow, ‘Unspoken: What will become of me?’ aims to engage the public in conversations about ageing.

Hosted by Greater Shepparton City Council, the roadshow is on at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre on June 19 and 20, and incorporates art, culture, community conversations and forums.

It was created to engage people in uncomfortable conversations about ageing, diminishing capacity, loss of independence and end-of-life choices.

‘‘This is an event that uses art and culture to generate awareness and conversation around end-of-life conversations, particularly in relation to palliative care, voluntary assisted dying and advance care planning,’’ Greater Shepparton City Council assessment and inclusion services team leader Jason Watts said.

‘‘These conversations are personal and, for many people, difficult to instigate or navigate.

‘‘The event aims to create awareness and understanding of these concepts; to create a safe space for attendees to consider options for the future and the implications of not planning ahead; and knowing how to access good quality resources.

‘‘Through Unspoken: What will become of me? the themes of ageing, declining capacity, diminished autonomy and sense of identity are explored gently,’’ he said.

To find out more about the art installations, forums and performances, visit

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