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Over the finish line at long last

It’s been a long time coming, but these two stories note how it panned out over the last 24 hours. The first reference is ABC News and the second is from Go Gentle Australia. A race against time as Voluntary … Continue reading

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We can learn from older ways that haven’t died out

When it seems like we are stuck with the same old same old ways, it’s good to find that not far to our north we have traditions that are still being practiced and getting some attention. In this story: What … Continue reading

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Facing the future

In the end-of-life and funeral space, there is always the possibility of being boxed in and limited, such that we don’t bring to the table the rich diversity of life’s offerings. Over the years we tried to keep the subject … Continue reading

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More choice, but not in Australia

When it comes to dying and death within the world of animals, it’s a matter of carcass decomposition at the spot where body finally keels over – to be blunt about it -and nature begins to reintegrate it back into … Continue reading

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In praise of prose

There’s something about words that rhyme that seems to give them extra meaning. So here’s an offering to get the month of April underway. Four verses of four lines each … The Joys of Living Taking the time to smell … Continue reading

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We never know when the last minute might crop up

This is a story about perception, about the story in our heads as it relates to our funeral narrative .. who owns the funeral space? Who is in charge when we’re gone? Is what we believe to be our funeral, … Continue reading

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Mortal coil – the chaos and confusion of life

The books just keep on coming. For a subject that many people shy away from, it attracts a lot of literary work and this new book is a worthy addition to those already on offer. With a somewhat ambitious title: … Continue reading

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Gratitude and thankfulness are good for the soul

At times of loss and grief it can help us rebalance with some tried and true ways of dealing with these situations. There’s nothing magical or mysterious about them. And whereas we would once have said they are common sense, … Continue reading

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You don’t need to have a hearse or a church or hire a funeral director

This is the kind of story we like to feature at Die-alogue Cafe. It fits with our way of thinking about doing end of life events right down to the shroud and the natural burial ground site. This is the … Continue reading

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Economic growth as if it can go on forever on a finite planet

You’ve got to be kidding. The obsession with money seems to be so pervasive that it has sidelined important conversations about more pressing aspects of our lives such as the ecology. The nightly news has a segment devoted to finance. Radio … Continue reading

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