Palliative Care Queensland

Popcorn and Conversations about Life, Love and Death: Queensland Palliative Care Film Night

Queensland Compassionate Communities (the community arm of Palliative Care Queensland @PalliativeCareQ) is hosting its annual Queensland Palliative Care Film Night in nine locations across the state next week. The film, Love In Our Own Time, will be screened in support of Dying To Know Day 2018 (#D2Kday) and will be followed by a short Q&A with local experts.

Palliative Care Queensland’s CEO, Shyla Mills, says “our aim is to ensure that every Queenslander has access to compassionate and quality palliative care in their last phase of life. We estimate that 80% of everyone who dies may benefit palliative care and currently it is not available to everyone. A big component of palliative care is death literacy, where people are able to articulate their wishes with friends, families and health professionals. We feel that by holding a Film Night followed by a Q&A with local experts, will giving people time to sit and reflect in a relaxed environment on a big topic of life, plus an opportunity to openly ask the questions about what matter to them. We’d like to see everyone bring along their family, friends and colleagues to not only support us, but to continue a conversation that is relevant to everyone.”

Love in Our Own Time is a documentary about the extraordinariness of ordinary life and visits those moments both simple and sublime that compose the lives we lead. Following seven ordinary Australian families it travels the length and breadth of human experience and bears witness to lives both beginning and ending. Award winning Writer/Producer/Director of Love in Our Own Time, Tom Murray’s inspiration for making the film was the experience of moving between Sydney, where his grandparents were dying, and Arnhem Land, where he was working and bearing witness to how the Yolngu people deal with death and dying.

“This heightened my awareness of the major cultural differences relating to our appreciation of this end of life period. It also made me focus on my own limitations and fears in regard to death.

These experiences inspired Love in Our Own Time: a film about birth, love and death in my own community of urban Sydney.”

Locations include: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane (North and South) and Gold Coast

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