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Reach Beyond – and let go of fear of death, this Seniors Week.

Reach Beyond – and let go of fear of death, this Seniors Week, on Thursday at 10 am.

Join us at Understand Death Better, 10am, Thursday morning, March 21, while we Reach Beyond – and let go of fear – talking about death at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood. We promise it will be enlightening and entertaining. That’s because the stars of the show will … Read more

Sutherland Death Cafe still has spaces for Dec 2.

Stephen Licciardello, Manager at St George and Sutherland Community College

Sutherland Death Cafe still has spaces for its December 2, 2023 meeting. At a death cafe you join others to have a cup of tea and a conversation about death. People who want to find out more about death and how to manage it often feel a Death Cafe is … Read more

Sutherland Shire death cafes are back.

Sutherland Death Cafe partners

Sutherland Shire’s death cafes are back and attendees said there were lots of interesting conversations and ideas, at the first one, held last night. The popular death cafes are back, thanks to a grant from Sutherland Shire to South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, partnering with St George and Sutherland … Read more

Understanding Death at Campbelltown Library.

Promotion for Understanding Death at Campbelltown Library

Do you have burning questions about death or end of life care? Unsure about the choices you have for the care of your deceased body? Join us for a Q&A session like no other! Margaret Rice is an experienced journalist, author, feature writer, keynote speaker and editor. She has written … Read more

Understand Death Better Q&A session – North Sydney Community Centre – a reminder.

Understand Death Better - North Sydney Community Centre

Just a reminder that we’re doing another Understand Death Better Q&A session in North Sydney on Friday. It starts at 10am and will go until 11.30am. Our hosts are the wonderful team at the North Sydney Community Centre. This is at: (click the link below to see it on a … Read more

The five stages of grief are a furphy.

The group starts gathering at the 10am Understand Death Better session, August 3, Hunters Hill

Yes, that’s right, the five stages of grief are a furphy. Even the person who’s first credited with thinking up this idea has said so. And yet the idea of five stages of grief has taken hold of the popular imagination so effectively that it’s one of the most popular … Read more

Join us when Good Grief! goes to Hunters Hill.

Hunters Hill, photo courtesy Stanton, Hillier Parker.

I spent yesterday introducing Good Grief! to the Hunters Hill community in Sydney as we prepare for the next Understand Death Better Q&A session, on August 3. Hunters Hill is a picturesque suburb of Sydney, one of the earliest areas settled on the stunning harbour, with strong French influences, golden … Read more

Join us for another ‘Understand Death Better’ – and there are more coming.

Margaret Rice talking at the Understand Death Better event, Mosman Seniors Centre, July 10, 2023.

More than 50 people attended our Mosman July 10 Q&A session at Mosman Seniors Centre last week. Questions started quickly and they focused around advance care directives. This is not surprising. One woman explained that she had her advance care directive lodged with her GP. Those in the room asked … Read more

We’re back in Mosman again for a second FREE ‘Understand Death Better’ Q&A session.

Understand Death Better - July 10

Following the popularity of our last Mosman Council free ‘Lunch and Learn’ Understand Death Better Q&A session, we are running another one on Monday, July 10.  It starts at 12 noon, it’s free and lunch will be provided. But you need to register with the good people at Mosman Council who are … Read more

The fear of being alone at death

Grey haired man sits on a park bench watching others walk on a promenade. He looks lonely.

This is Good Grief’s second reflection on our consumer survey which asks: What is your biggest question about dying and what is your biggest fear? We’ve had 35 responses until sharing this story now. But the survey is on-going, so we’ll continue to share the results – since it will help … Read more

Join us at Death Cafe at Jannali on March 11 – everyone welcome.

Preparing for Death Cafe

We’ll be running another Death Cafe on March 11 at the St George and Sutherland Community College at 127-129 Sutherland Rd, Jannali on Saturday March 11. It goes from 10am til 12 noon. At a death cafe you express your thoughts and experiences. The facilitators guide, so the conversation is … Read more

Understand death better.

Mosman Square Seniors Centre, February 20, 2023.

Here are some documents discussed at our Mosman Seniors Centre session today. It doesn’t matter whether you were there or not, these might be useful. Take our easy two question survey. And if you take our simple two question survey today, you could be in the draw to get a … Read more

Join us in Mosman – ‘Understand Death Better’.

Media - Events Mosman - Understanding Death Better

Slip in at lunch time. The session will go for an hour, from 12 noon until 1pm, and we’d love to see you. Mosman Seniors Centre, Mosman Square, 12noon-1pm, Monday February 20. Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be provided. At the beginning of the session, we’ll invite you to answer … Read more

Join us in Wollongong for Conversations around death and dying.

With Carolyn Vaughan - we will be guest speakers at Wollongong's 'Conversations around Death and Dying'

Join us on February 9, as I and other guest speakers share our stories, knowledge, and experience about legal considerations, managing grief and bereavement, the benefits of memorialisation, as well as the importance of having ‘those’ conversations. Following the presentation, morning tea will be available along with the opportunity to … Read more

Dying is a big experience, and only a small part is medical.

Social Worker Joanna McIlveen at St George and Sutherland Community College, September 23, 2022

Grief is socially isolating but it doesn’t need to be – we can provide the community we need when someone dies, Joanna McIlveen explained. We were at a Professional Development Day for the Workskills teachers of the St George and Sutherland Community College. Jo’s presentation was profound. Here are some … Read more

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