Facilitated a discussion tonight about grief, with the Funeral Celebrants Association of Australia.
We challenged our culture’s notions about how long you’re allowed to grieve for: “Grief can last forever can’t it?” suggested Judy.
Some shared stories about bad deaths. This included a chilling story about a death certificate being signed by someone who couldn’t look at the person they were ‘signing off’ – or the grieving step-father and his family.
But there were plenty of sunshine moments too, as the celebrants present shared stories from their personal experiences. Some were excited about the eulogies they’ve helped write. Others gave tips on the ways to find something positive to express when someone dies who is unloved.
We asked some big questions and lingered over little ones…as we enjoyed spring rolls, salt and pepper calamari and a fresh salad.
Thank you for having me folks, and for allowing me to be the touchstone for an important conversation.
How do you do what Australia’s ABC radio announcer Jill Emberson is doing and live knowing you will die?