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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

Four planning steps – sounds complicated but they’re not.

Join us at North Sydney Rotary on March 5

We had a great discussion about the things you need to do to be well- organised in the event of your demise, at the North Sydney Rotary lunchtime meeting, from 1pm March 5, 2020. The organisers said we had a ‘full house’ with every member attending. The following list might … Read more

Your will: a popular topic.

Wills and funerals - topics at the talks we've held on end of life.

One of the topics people most want to talk about is wills, when we get together to chat at talks on the subject of preparing for a good death. It’s best to get individual advice from a lawyer, who can drill down into your very particular circumstances. But here are … Read more

At our Rotary North Sydney Sunrise breakfast we talked about your paperwork.

Join our Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise talk at the Piato, McMahons Point, 7am, Feb 11.

Good Grief took a few tips from our ‘compassionate and practical guide to prepare for the end of life’ to breakfast on Tuesday morning, February 11. I was the guest of Rotary Club’s North Sydney Sunrise group, where we focused on four important parts of your planning: Your will Your … Read more

Our first hubbub of 2020 was at Waverton.

The Waverley Hub spreads good cheer with carolling at Waverton Station, Christmas 2019.

‘Come and listen to Margaret at our next Waverton Hub Speakers’ Presentation: 2pm at the Waverton Uniting church hall, 75 Bay Rd Waverton Tuesday 4 February. No need to book – free entry – all invited.’

Talk to action in Singleton

A great little gathering in country NSW at Singleton, population nearly 17,000, last Thursday, November 14. The group gathered at the public library to talk about A Good Death but went away bursting with ideas about how to make death better in their own community? (It was very satisfying to … Read more

Breakfast talk with New Way To Stay

At New Way To Stay's Aged Care Professionals Network breakfast, Nov 14, 2019.

Very stimulating to discuss end of life questions with an audience made up of those who provide services for the aged. We were at a networking breakfast meeting organised by Louise Mace, managing director of New Way To Stay, held on Thursday, November 14. The talk zeroed in on the … Read more

We love to chat – but all our talks are on hold for now.

Want to join us for a talk?

Due to the risks posed by Covid-19, Good Grief! will no longer be conducting live events. I’ve enjoyed our talks – large and small. But we need to keep ourselves and others safe. So instead, we’ve come up with some exciting alternatives. The first Good Grief! newsletter came out on … Read more

We talked – at Paddington Library

Let's talk about A Good Death at Paddington Library

Writers and Readers: A Good Death with Margaret Rice A lovely group of about 20 tonight (Thursday 17 October 2019), all keen to share ways to improve the way we die. Which led to many questions, among them the following: How do I ensure I get access to the right … Read more

Writing Life Well

Writing Life Well - Find out more at The Faber Academy

A good death: a compassionate and practical guide to prepare for the end of life started with an idea – very much from my own personal experience – that I wanted to share. It was the wonderful people at Murdoch Books, with special championing from Corinne Roberts, who encouraged and … Read more

We talked – and raised money for Can Too’s cancer research

Anne Lingafelter, extreme right, is fundraising to fight cancer

We were a small group  on September 18, 2019. It was cosy, just like a book club, with about 11 of us. Anne Lingafelter hosted, raising more than $1000 for cancer research through Can Too which has already raised $22 million. We want to fight cancer deaths, just as much … Read more