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What people say about death cafe is reassuring

What people say about death cafe is reassuring

I’ve run over 20 Death Cafes in Melbourne – that’s one ‘death conversation’ for each season for several years plus many open conversations and workshops about death, grief and loss for professionals like social workers, mental health, aged care and family violence workers. What kind of Death Cafe do I offer? Well, participants get a […]

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Poetry at End of Life – workshop treasure

Poetry at End of Life – workshop treasure

If you couldn’t make it to the ‘Poetry at End of Life’ workshops earlier this month don’t worry. We’ll be putting them on again as part of the suite of workshops on death and dying that Kinship Ritual offers. Meanwhile some poetry highlights, and a snippet of what we shared. Beloved poems Everyone brought a […]

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Ritual in residential aged care

Ritual in residential aged care

In residential aged care facilities staff see people they’ve got to know pass away. It’s how it is. In some organisations they will get the opportunity to go to the funeral. But what are other common practices at the time of residents’ deaths? How do they support resilience in staff, residents and resident families? Do […]

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Workshop: rituals of laying out and vigil

Workshop: rituals of laying out and vigil

This weekend I’ll be presenting at the first Melbourne Festival of Death and Dying. My topic is Rituals of Laying Out and Vigil. I’m an educator and my goal is to help people to learn more about end of life practices they’re unfamiliar with. I wonder how you respond to people being laid out after […]

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Donating your body to science. And generous ritual.

I met Jack Bolt to find out something about donating your body to science. Jack’s wife,  Kathleen died in 2015. ‘My wife and my son and I had discussed the subject of death as a matter of fact that needed to be faced. Neither Kathleen or I felt we needed a funeral. But we were […]

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Death Dinner Party. Life and Death in 2017.

Death Dinner Party. Life and Death in 2017.

You might think no one in their 30s needs a plan for the end of their life. I wonder, do you think they should have a plan for their health-filled super longevity, to meet contemporary needs around life and death? Ruby Lohman of Death Dinner Party remarked that Peter Xing (transhumanist and AI enthusiast) and […]

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Café processes revisited: deliberative when well done

Café processes revisited: deliberative when well done

Café formats can bring strangers together for facilitated conversations and put them at ease. They can stimulate lively, informal discussion and bring out all sorts of views, and when well done are deliberative in nature. Such cafes have been used extensively in social and community engagements in the last 25 years. They may be small or […]

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Online when days are numbered? The social media love project

Online when days are numbered? The social media love project

When you take time every day to be online, it’s a big wide world! I find it amazing to be in touch with you now. I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I love its window on friends, family, and a community of people with rich interests. Its window on all of you: colleagues, […]

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Hope to see you! Events Feb-May 2017

There’s a whole lot of learning events on the calendar, that lift the spirit to approach a different way of thinking about death. The Sustainable Living Festival’s round the corner, and for Kinship Ritual it’s an annual event. This year it’s Thursday 16th February in the morning in Carlton. The focus is ‘Shades of Green, […]

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Love projects, the correspondence of a lifetime

The December January summer break is a time when the psyche can take its own direction. I find that satisfying. Things build up through the year, and then there’s space to sort it all out. This summer I was so happy. I got letters, both with interesting enclosures. Traditional personal correspondence is somewhat archaic now, […]

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