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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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Where to bury the dead – future endings exercises the minds of more than cemetery operators

Some of the country’s best known cemeteries are at capacity and there’s a looming crisis over where our dead will be buried.  In this program on ABC Radio National, Julian Morrow speaks with three people who are applying some lateral thinking … Continue reading

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A progress report on VAD

In March our post referenced the situation in NSW where the state is running out of grave sites. Today what is a grave situation for many people is they don’t have the choice to access voluntary medically assisted dying. Thankfully … Continue reading

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It’s what you could call a grave situation

What to do when the land required for burying our dead starts to run out. To put it frankly, what we mean of course, is the land that we’d like to allocate for the purpose of disposing of dead bodies. … Continue reading

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Turning a blind eye to reality can get us into lots of bother

In A fraction too much friction, Samantha Trenoweth (WW, March 2021) asks, how dangerous are conspiracy theories? Good seemingly rational people can get caught up in the unrealistic realm that is conspiracy theories. Writes Trenoweth: ‘While no particular personality is … Continue reading

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