Actors highlight a special forum.

THE angels that stopped people in Bendigo Health’s atrium, the Bendigo Marketplace and Hargreaves Mall last week were messengers encouraging people to talk about their final days.

Rather than being symbolic, the forum’s co-organiser Meagan Adams said the angels played by actors in the Born in a Taxi ensemble were a means of getting people’s attention.

That is because dying and making arrangements for death are not subjects that typically get a lot of time in family conversations.

In fact, Ms Adams who as Bendigo Health’s advance care planning coordinator talks to patients about their wishes before they die, said less than 20 per cent had documented end of life care plans.

Talking about end of life wishes when they are facing a health crisis, leaving family members to make tough decisions on their behalf, is not an ideal scenario.

Unspoken: What will become of Me? uses performance art and art installations to provoke conversation before a crisis.

Given Victoria has legislated Advance Care Directives, we now had the opportunity to do so.

Three forums will be available in Bendigo next Tuesday and next Wednesday.

For session times and to register, go to www.eventbrite.com.au