The Great Unsettlement

Gay McKinley with gardening secateurs

The term, “The Great Unsettlement”, is not mine.  I read it in a novel (I wish I could remember what it was!) that was written during the time this amazing planet of ours, and all of us on it, were turned upside down with the arrival of Coronavirus or Covid … Read more

A Grief without a loss: John Brodgen shares.

John Brogden, Chair of Lifeline

This article was updated on 21 March 2023. On the 60 year anniversary of Lifeline Australia we revisit patron John Brogden’s lessons from grief. A lot has changed for Lifeline Australia patron Mr John Brogden since we last caught up with him in 2020. Lifeline has now ‘gone global‘ with … Read more

What has grief taught Jessica Rowe?

Margaret Rice asks - What has grief taught Jessica Rowe?

This article was updated on 4 October, 2022. It features Jessica Rowe talking about grief. What has grief taught you? “I’m like so many people in our culture, so I don’t do grief well. Very few of us do grief well. We don’t talk about it enough, we shy away … Read more

What has grief taught Claudia Tyson?

Claudia Tyson at our local coffee shop

This article was updated on September 22, 2022. It discusses loss and sorrow in our community. Claudia is a warm face who brightens up my local coffee shop, first thing in the morning. She works for a mission organisation, Church Missionary Society. But we’ve chatted with her today because she’s … Read more

‘Capturing kindness’ through funeral photography.

Photo by John Slaytor, the funeral photographer._DSC6374

This article was updated on 31 August, 2022. It features a funeral photographer capturing kindness. As Good Grief! roams, peeping in quiet corners, delving into resources from country to country and looking at new and old ways of doing death, this one has popped up, right on our doorstep, only … Read more

The work of Leaf and Twig.


This article was updated on 29 August, 2022. It discusses Catherine Arcolio’s micro poems about grief. Catherine Arcolio, the artist-poet behind this American project focuses on images from nature in her extraordinarily beautiful patch – her back yard in country North America. Her work resonates with the mission of Good … Read more

The link between loneliness and early death.

Together by Vivek H Murthy

This article has been updated on 26 August 2022. It discusses loneliness and early death. “When Vivek Murthy accepted the role of Surgeon General under Obama, he thought his main focus would be tackling the opioid crisis and obesity. Instead, he discovered a much larger health crisis, one that connects … Read more

More questions than ever about advance care directives.


This article on advance care directives has been updated on August 5, 2022. Advance care directives are evolving – and there’s so much more to know beyond the usual questions of “Do I need to have an advanced care directive?” and “Who needs to know about it?” For example how … Read more

What has grief taught Susan Marcuccio?

Susan Marcuccio

This article has been updated on August 4, 2022. Often people come to professional grief work in response to the death of someone they love. But in a strange and horrible reversal of that, Susan Marcuccio’s experience has been the reverse. After establishing a reputation for her work in chaplaincy, … Read more

How was palliative care left out of this?

Avril Jackson - information officer for the European Association of Palliative Care, photo via LinkedIn

This article was updated 3 August, 2022. Palliative care advocates, this one’s for you, as a new palliative care community of practice has been announced by NSW Health. And what’s better, they are calling for participants for their palliative care community of practice. This is incredibly important work as Covid … Read more

Our grief responses are okay – even the little ones.

The OK's of Covid-19, by the Healing Patch,

This article was updated on 27 July, 2022. It’s close to two and a half years since the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic and grief is still hitting us and loved ones are still dying. The latest Australian Covid statistics from the ABC are here. We have gone … Read more

A unique ARDS – likely mode of death for Covid-19.

CT imaging of damage to the lungs from Covid-19 infection, made by George Washington University and reproduced by the New York Times in its video.

This article was updated on 23 July, 2022. In Australia in 2022 it is the middle of winter and we now face a third Covid-19 wave. We have already had more deaths from Covid this year than the two years put together. So it’s worth revisiting our article on Acute … Read more

We need answers about Newmarch House – some from governments.

Newmarch House

This article was updated on 22 July, 2022. This week the Aged Care Quality released a new fact sheet for aged care service providers titled ‘How prepared for a Covid-19 outbreak are you?’. It comes as the inquest into Covid-19 deaths begins, with news reports focusing once again on the … Read more

Sweden’s Covid-19 story compared to Australia’s.

Australian Covid-19 statistics 29.4.20, Aust Govt Dept of Health

This article was updated 21 July, 2022. Sweden is often portrayed as the Covid-19 anti lockdown poster child. Since we posted our article below an interesting book has been published comparing the successes of the varied approaches across the world, including Sweden’s. So which country managed Covid-19 best? Devi Sridha … Read more

Elder abuse could worsen during Covid-19.

'Covid-19 raises elder abuse concerns' by Colette Bots in Community Care Review

This article was updated on July 20, 2022. It’s sobering to think that during Covid-19, just as the risk of death from domestic violence went up, so will deaths as a consequence of elder abuse. June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Cindy Smith, chief executive of the Australian … Read more

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