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Swedes and Australians share a pragmatism that is reflected in the way they approach death. Marie Kondo – the Japanese organising guru – says to part with anything that doesn’t spark joy when touched.
The Swedish author, Margareta Magnusson asks her fellow Swedes to take responsibility for tidying up their lives as they approach middle age, to make their eventual passing easier for their family and friends to deal with. They call it ‘Döstädning’, which translates as ‘Death Cleaning’.
Australians are similarly down to earth, and every August 8th they celebrate ‘Dying to Know Day’. This annual campaign encourages all Australian adults to take control of personal planning for their futures.
Adults are encouraged to prioritise self-advocacy for end-of-life planning and to embrace personal choices so that they truly align with their values, wishes and who they are as individuals. Dying to Know Day encourages people to have these tough conversations now.
Along with the sorrow of death, there is an uplifting joy and celebration shared by both Jews and Humanists.
Sikhs and Ghanaians share the belief that our lives here on earth are just a step onward toward a better life.
The importance of family, and the belief that elders can protect us from death is prevalent in Mexico and Japan.
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