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This is a love project. Tattoos in the grief journey.

Oh I wish I had a tattoo! Even though my parents died before I even thought of having one, they would have been scandalised! If I had got one it’d have been by ex de Medici. She practised in Canberra. Now a celebrated artist with work in major collections, her work...

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Out of sync? April 2020.

Out of sync? April 2020.

Do you feel out of sync I'm wondering? Are you sometimes surprised by how it is now, out of the blue? Did you know you can do a virtual tour of the State Library? When I did it I saw the spot where I often used to work at the Russell Street entrance. I used to drink...

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We are bereaved. March 2020.

We are bereaved. March 2020.

I feel it and now I'm saying it - we are bereaved. Yes, in my chosen self-isolation in Melbourne I’m waving goodbye to long-held, basic expectations around:  expressing and receiving care with physical touch. work and meetings with colleagues and clients regularly....

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End of life care MOOC. Enhance your death literacy.

End of life care MOOC. Enhance your death literacy.

A MOOC, an ‘End of Life Care’ MOOC. Yes! I’ll do an online course with the University of Glasgow.  I did. If you’re considering it I hope this review will either get you moving or stop you in your tracks! It’s being offered again in February 2020. Time commitment:...

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Extraordinary crazy life affirming opportunities

Extraordinary crazy life affirming opportunities

'A life affirming book about death’ says a reader of my book ‘Death, a Love Project' on Twitter. After spending a couple of years writing it I'm appreciating the feedback readers are sending through and posting on social media. Extraordinary crazy opportunities - all...

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Suicide and friendship; friends & the funeral

Suicide and friendship; friends & the funeral

Death by suicide is on my mind at the time of the Pell verdict, knowing that the trauma of abuse has led to agonising secrecy, substance abuse and if not suicide per se, certainly most traumatic death, with irretrievable loss left behind. I’m thinking of the two young boys in the sacristy. When I read […]

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2019 – Melbourne Death Cafe and more events

2019 – Melbourne Death Cafe and more events

These are some workshops and Melbourne Death Cafes for the first part of 2019.  Seasonal Melbourne Death Cafe dates for 2019 are: Autumn Equinox Death Cafe 21 March – 6.30-8pm Winter Solstice Death Cafe 26 June – 6.00-7.30pm Death Cafe is by donation to cover the costs of putting on the event. Suggested donation is […]

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Art and Rituals at Cafe Philosophique de la Mort

Art and Rituals at Cafe Philosophique de la Mort

Art and rituals deepen our understanding and give us a way of being in touch, communicating … even if it’s quite a difficult topic like death. I thought long and hard before finding the right name for my business and chose Kinship Ritual to speak of the kind of ceremonies and rituals I hope to […]

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