Disrupting the experience of dying by strengthening Circles of Care
LifeCircle is working to drive significant change around dying and death in Australia. Our services are designed to guide the thousands of people who are caring for someone who is dying, as they live through the experience. We help families and friends learn how better to fulfil the wishes of the person who is dying and to make the most of their time together.
The key to changing the experience is to strengthen the Circles of Care around those who are dying. With strong Circles of Care in place, the people who are caring become better prepared and supported, more open, more resilient, and able to make better decisions – both for the person who is dying and for themselves. This gives more choice and control at the end of life.
LifeCircle uses its deep experience to help people care
For 30 years LifeCircle has guided people caring for someone who is dying, as they live through the experience. We help families and friends learn to make the decisions that are right for them, that meet the wishes of the person who is dying and that help them make the most of their time together.
LifeCircle is a technology-enabled business
Technology gives us an unprecedented ability to connect and share, so we are using digital channels to build the caring capacity we need as a society. At the same time, we are mining the prerequisite skills and experience that already exist in the community but are not shared effectively because death is currently a ‘closed door’ event.
LifeCircle is focussed on the last 12–16 weeks of life
Ultimately we hope to change society’s attitudes to death and dying because a healthy society should be able to talk openly about death. But this change may take many years and people are dying every day. By focussing on changing the behaviour of people who are currently caring – encouraging them to seek info, connect with others and seek specific guidance – we have a faster way of creating change. That’s why our focus is on helping people in the last 12–16 weeks of life.
LifeCircle complements clinical resources already in place
We are not medical professionals. Our focus is on the social, emotional and human aspects of dying. Our work is not clinical, nor it is centred on the practical processes around the end of life, such as estate planning. We believe these aspects of dying are very important, but support is already available through other organisations. We are unique in caring for the people who care.