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Co-design for sustainable funeral

Thursday night’s Sustainable Living Festival event at Hub Melbourne showed lots of people want new funeral options. So we tried co-designing a low impact, sustainable funeral. First up, sustainability principles of inter-generational equity and environmental, social and economic domains. Everyone’s sharing and learning at SLF.  Environmental values had drawn them to the event. Hang on! we […]

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Co-design. And sustainable funerals at SLF again!

‘Co-design that Sustainable Funeral!‘ Coming up on Thursday 13th February! This event builds on last year’s successful SLF event on Funeral Options. great opportunity to nut out what sustainable might mean in this context. You’ve spent your life treading lightly because you care for the environment, but have you given any thought to the impact […]

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Doing it myself; I joined a community advisory committee!

Doing it myself; I joined a community advisory committee!

After two years focused on the workings of citizen committees I joined a community advisory committee myself. Melbourne’s  Greater Metropolitan Cemetery Trust (GMCT) services a huge community. That’s Altona to Lilydale and Fawkner. The diversity of its clientele reflects Melbourne’s cultural and demographic diversity. Members of the Community Advisory Committee are recruited through an expression […]

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Making a will. It’s not just about stuff.

I learned that only 2 out of 5 Australians have a will. It was in the morning paper. In the same paper there was an article highlighting that more and more people under 35 are purchasing property. I wondered if they would get organised to do a will. No one wants squabbling about stuff. it […]

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Death Cafe Melbourne, Facebook page

At Kinfolk on August 8th, people were looking for a central resource for events and information. You can now find a Facebook page for Death Cafe Melbourne. Also here’s the quote some of you asked for about our relationship with the earth, life and death, All in all. And …. you may have seen that […]

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Warm, low key death cafe at Kinfolk

I asked people what they’d say to others interested in coming to a Death Cafe and there were encouraging responses: Go for it! What have you got to lose? It’s a very loose collection of people with an openness and interest in exploring ideas around all aspects of death. It’s very low key. Do it! […]

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Death Cafe Melbourne @ Kinfolk

Death Cafe is a lively social movement. Cafes springing up like mushrooms in London, San Francisco and New York City. Their popularity reflects a broad interest in bringing death out from the shadows and talking about it in the warmth of well-supported public occasions. There’s no reason to try to make sense of big questions […]

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Marriage, constancy, poetry

This weekend I performed a marriage ceremony on the Bay at Port Melbourne and was invited for the lunch party. I sat with friends and whiled away the afternoon eating oysters and scallops, followed by beef tenderloin and a late afternoon meringue with cream. No mention was made of politics or climate at our table […]

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