Death is hard
There are many diverse cultures in Australia so there are a broad range of attitudes, practices and customs with respect to death and dying.
Thinking ahead about what is important at the end of life is something we should all consider. Groups such as the Groundswell project and Dying to Talk are encouraging us to have conversations about end of life and death.
Talking about things that matter while you are still feeling well, such as the type of health care you might prefer, will help others to understand your wishes and will make decisions less stressful later.
As health professionals and researchers, we have seen first hand the sense of control, reassurance and comfort that the opportunity to express preferences and wishes for the end of life brings to people and to families and friends. And so we have included some ideas about preparing for end of life here.
Considering end of life can be particularly difficult or upsetting for people living with pancreatic cancer and their families. As Deborah points out: