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Dancing with death not everyone’s cup of tea

Can you imagine the reaction we’d get if we said that tomorrow night we were going dancing – not the usual quick step or barn dance or waltz kind of dancing, but rather we were going to do The Dance … Continue reading

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What do contemplation and ecological diversity have in common?

Let’s start the month with a good news story that embraces a number of subjects we are passionate about. Life – death – protection of planet earth. From life to death and back again, the cycle goes on as it … Continue reading

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Lament, loss, exile and oblivion

How many different ways can you approach a particular area of interest? Well if the call for papers for this symposium in any indication, heaps. We came across it n the latest newsletter from the The Centre for Death and … Continue reading

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More choices for body disposal is a good thing

The choices on offer for body disposal is on the rise and not before time. Not that burial was a poor option for hundreds of years. But as space for cemeteries runs out the need for other methods is exercising … Continue reading

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Coffin club community delivers quality endings

It’s one of the longest running Coffin Clubs in Australia and it’s one of the most vibrant. Not the kind of word one tends to find associated with an end of life group, but it’s an accurate description for this … Continue reading

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The NORM and the NORO

Here are a couple of new acronyms for us to get our heads around. A clue or two probably won’t be sufficient to provide the four words involved, but the image will go a long way towards giving us a … Continue reading

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Conversations best had well before an emergency

We recently received an email from The GroundSwell Project with this reminder message: We believe that end-of-life conversations are best done WAY BEFORE Emergency. We advocate for pretty much any other place. Lounge rooms. Over dinner tables. During long walks. … Continue reading

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Decision making for dying with dignity and for care in later life

There’s a new campaign to introduce voluntary assisted dying in NSW. Alex Greenwich, the independent Member for Sydney, (pictured here with Greg Piper, the independent Member for Lake Macquarie), has released his draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 for consultation … Continue reading

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Compassionate end-of-life care: Go Gentle Australia strategy success

We’ve been keeping an eye on progress with Voluntary Assisted Dying in Australia, for a long time. We’ve reported on the mixed success made by various groups, but none more successful than Go Gentle Australia. The efforts by many hundreds … Continue reading

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Expanding our understanding of grief to include nature and the earth

Grief and loss can involve more than the human species. In this story Let’s Talk About Reef Grief, Marta Zaraska (Discover Magazine, May 2021) shares her concerns about loss as it relates to nature and the earth – in particular … Continue reading

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