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A long hard look at what it’s like when we’re getting on – getting older

At a time when we’re getting on, that is, getting older, are we also getting wiser about aged care?  According to this report we’re not. What needs to happen to change the direction we’re currently heading in?  It’s a rather … Continue reading

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A return to the past for funerals of the future

As traditions lose their grip on many people within our society and as children move away from the ways of doing business practised by their parents, there are also changes in the way we do funerals.  The future looks very … Continue reading

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The hardest speech of all is the eulogy

What makes a great speech great?  Is it the content, the delivery, a combination of the two?   Great art, so they say, is in the eye of the beholder.  Whatever the equivalent for speeches, the circumstances of the listener, might … Continue reading

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Death on a large scale and how to get our heads around it

What prompts us to think about what we normally don’t think about.  Well if the COVID-19 pandemic has done anything it has certainly made us sit up and take notice about death on a scale we haven’t seen for many … Continue reading

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Rethinking rituals

There are lots of little things we engage in each day – call them rituals – that depending on your point of view are done as part of family tradition or the larger social culture. Some rituals are handed down … Continue reading

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Music for our passing of days

Music is a great leveller that speaks across many sectors of what has become a fractured society.  A quick search on the internet reveals the most popular songs sung or performed at this time.  It’s somewhat like the top 40 … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the prickly subject of our ending of days

Considering that we see it all around, hear about it on the daily if not hourly radio news bulletins, let alone watch events with deadly outcomes on the nightly news, you’d think we’d be across death as a part of … Continue reading

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Not data. We need a narrative, a story for our time

History has messages for those prepared to listen. On a program broadcast on The Drum (ABC-TV, Thursday 27 March 2020) one of the guests attempted to introduce some history and some big picture thining into the discussion.  One of the … Continue reading

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Lockdown – The birds are singing

Here we are wondering what nature will confront us with next. Are we prepared? In these times of uncertainty it’s nice to know that there are still some things we can fall back on when confusion seems to be all … Continue reading

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When unprepared for dying in ones sleep, the death admin jobs become that much more onerous

What to do when there’s a sudden death in the family.  More to the point what to do when someone dies in their sleep in your own home when you’re least expecting it. This is what happened to Emma Grey … Continue reading

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