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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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Better than burial and cremation – composting

After having spent years researching how to compost livestock, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, received a call asking if similar techniques could be applied to humans. Here she speaks with Phillip Adams on Late Night Live, to explain her world-first study and how … Continue reading

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Legacy for the earth

The legacy of the earth was thousands, millions of years in the making.  As a society, what will be our legacy after a couple of hundred years? As family units, what will be our legacy after from this generation to … Continue reading

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Taking a fresh look at a deadly subject as we go heading to the grave

Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society, by Rachel Menzies, Ross Menzies Mortals is a ground-breaking book uncovering the fear of death as the hidden driver of most of our species’ endeavours over millennia. The human mind can … Continue reading

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