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Suspend disbelief and watch ‘Surviving Death’.

Suspend disbelief and watch 'Surviving Death'.

by Sandra Moon Are you an afterlife sceptic or not? Have you ever looked for or had a sign from a deceased loved one? Whenever I see the Ulysses butterfly, I call it “Aunty Janet” and think of my sweet, kind and funny Aunt as this was her favourite butterfly. … Read more

National Advance Care Planning Week, March 22-26.

From an Advance Care Planning Australia video

As the organisers say, it’s “a time to talk about what matters most”. “National Advance Care Planning Week is an annual initiative by Advance Care Planning Australia that encourages all Australians, regardless of their age or health status, to make their future health care preferences known,” they explain on their … Read more

My name is Allison Rees, I am the grieving mother of Isabella.

Andrea Shoesmith and Allison Rees on ABC TV's Australian Story

At my place recently I bought fake tea-light candles so the grandchildren wouldn’t burn themselves. Their mothers looked at me in horror. The danger from the tiny batteries that powered them was much greater than the flame of any candle. Button batteries are everywhere, quite literally. They’re in our tiny … Read more

Addressing the needs of staff dealing with Covid-19.

Every death will stay with me forever, Nurse Vishalini Navaneetharajah told The BBC.

“There is a growing concern that the welfare of health care staff needs to be addressed in the weeks and months ahead,” The BBC reports, as we check in on Covid-19 again today. There have been 107.937,561 cases of Covid-19 worldwide and 2,367,122 deaths. In the UK, there have been … Read more

Petrea King talks about “Beyond cancer: creating a healing environment”.

Photo of Petrea King by Ben Dearnley

The grief journey is often about hope, or rekindling it – the crucial ‘other’ component. When someone receives a diagnosis of a terminal illness they have to make a lot of adjustments, including adapting to the radical change to their dreams about the life they were going to have. Adjusting … Read more

Billy Connolly says the best way to deal with a fear of death is to laugh in its face.

Comedian Billy Connolly says he uses comedy as a way of coping with his fear of illness and death. The Glasgow born comic, who is 78, has Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer. He discusses his approach in a BBC documentary about comedy, made for BBC Scotland last year. In that, … Read more

On mothers – and what we appreciate when they’re gone.

Today a nod to all the mothers who have gone because it’s my mother’s birthday. These days I don’t miss her but I feel her presence very strongly. The connection is more revealed. I feel her older woman’s body when I’m on my walk and my muscles ache or when … Read more

It’s Australia Day tomorrow and this is why so many people mourn it.

First Nations Australians, painted by Joseph Lycett, in the Newcastle region.

It’s Australia Day tomorrow and in this country we’re divided about it. That’s because so many of our First Nations people point out that for them it’s not a day of celebration but a day of mourning, since their land was invaded and many of their lives were lost in … Read more

Today we reflect on Covid-19 deaths again.

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Jill Biden remember the 400,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19. Photo by Evan Vucci AP.

Today, January 21, Worldometers says there have been 2,080,154 deaths from Covid-19, out of 97,218,195 infections. This as the new President of the USA, Joe Biden, on the eve of his inauguration grieved the 400,000 Covid-19 deaths in his country, saying: “To heal, we must remember.” “‘It’s hard sometimes to … Read more

HelloCare discusses ‘One happy year’.

HelloCare discusses 'One-Happy-Year' in an interview with Colleen Cartwright.

Of the many articles I read last year, this one really lingered. It’s an interview with the always provocative, always fiercely practical Colleen Cartwright. Journalist Caroline Egan published it in HelloCare in November last year. Colleen is a specialist in aged care, advance care planning and the rights of the … Read more

Sometimes the source of our grief is not noticeable to others.

The birth of a new baby, even though good, is an example of a big life transition. Photo-Aditya-Romansa-@adroman-via-Unsplash.png

We all know it – grief is part of life. And it’s not just the obvious, big things like the death of friends or family that cause this pain. Sometimes the source of grief and loss is not noticeable to others. A classic example is retirement. Everyone comes up to … Read more

Coffin Art gave Sandra the Chance to Talk to her Cousin one Last Time.

Coffin art offered a chance to talk to my cousin one last time, photo: Sandra Moon

It made a difference to be able to connect one last time, SANDRA MOON, journalist, editor, writer and no stranger to grief, says of her personal experience with coffin art. In the crematorium I waited with the other mourners, thick black markers in hand, to write a message on the … Read more

Community steps out and new life beckons.

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It’s a moment of reflection and a time to pause. Our wonderful graphic design team, Amy and Laura at the Good Stuff Creative have signalled some changes in their work and life schedule, so that’s a sign! Time to break for Christmas, regroup and do some strategic planning for next … Read more

Come join us at Millers Point Markets – when the talking starts again.

Would you like to join us to talk about the difficult subject of death, which comedian Billy Connelly likens to the “the big bully at school”? It’s wonderful to be out chatting and meeting people again, since where I live in Sydney, Australia, we’ve got Covid-19 down to a minimum … Read more