Bianka Eifler explores grief at Wollongong’s ‘Conversations around Death and Dying’ day.

Conversations around Death and Dying - Wollongong Memorial Gardens

Bianka Eifler, Bereavement Coordinator and Counsellor at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, is looking forward to supporting people from everywhere – not just Wollongong – as they ask questions about grief, when she’s a guest speaker at Wollongong’s free event, “Conversations around Death and Dying”.

It’s a discussion and morning tea to be held on Wednesday March 30, 2022. You can join in person or via live-streaming. If coming in person, you will need to book. (see below to make a booking.)

It’s on at:

Wednesday 30 March, 9.30 – 11.30am
Wollongong Memorial Gardens
, Main Chapel, 176 Berkeley Road, Unanderra.

If you decide to join via Live stream, go to then enter:
Event ID – WollongongMG      
Password – 2QN67F

Don’t be shy – there’ll be a friendly crowd, a free cuppa and no question is too silly or odd.

 “Grief is a fundamental human experience and yet the intensity of it often takes us by surprise,” said Bianka.

“I hope to explore some of the questions grieving people ask me about what to expect during grief, what’s ‘normal,’ and what support is available,” she said.

 “Grief is a fundamental human experience,” Bianka says.

Bianka is the Acting Bereavement Coordinator and Counselling for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Bereavement Counselling Service. This is a NSW Health based counselling and support service for bereaved people.

Bianka is a senior social worker with postgraduate experience and training in grief counselling. She has worked for NSW Health over the past eight years, across adult and paediatric services, primarily in the fields of palliative care and oncology.

You will need to book to join us. Follow this link to book through Eventbrite.

To attend this free community event, book through Eventbrite 

or phone the Wollongong Memorial Gardens office: (02) 4227 7780

RSVP by 24 March. 

Free event – COVID safe
For more information or to join via live stream visit:

You can also go directly to then enter:
Event ID – WollongongMG      
Password – 2QN67F

Conversations around Death and Dying 

Guest speakers will share their stories, knowledge, and experience about legal considerations, managing grief and bereavement, the benefits of memorialisation, as well as the importance of having ‘those’ conversations. 

Guest Speakers

  • Margaret Rice – Author of ‘A Good Death’ and convenor of
  • John Chilby – Operations Manager, Wollongong Memorial Gardens, Wollongong City Council
  • Bianka Eifler – Bereavement Coordinator/Counsellor, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Margot Kennedy – Acting Manager, NSW Trustee & Guardian, Wollongong, Wills & Estate Planning.

Morning tea will be provided along with the opportunity to ask questions.

To read the Good Grief! interview with John Chilby, about the importance of memorialising to help with grief, go to:

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