Creating joy and comfort in hard times

A video about showering for someone dying at home.

A video about showering for someone dying at home - Kellie Cooper Smith's Fact Sheet.

Here are Good Grief’s four videos about showering, in our series on companioning someone dying at home. In each one, home palliative care worker Kellie Cooper-Smith shares her practical wisdom about showering for someone dying at home. These tasks seem so simple and straight forward when you’re well. But when … Read more

Biography service is ‘A friend in death’.

A friend in death - on Compass

A story we shared about the Sacred Heart Biography Service is very popular. Now we’re excited a TV program has been made about the service. Writers from the team help people who are dying to put their life into a story, something that can have a really powerful impact. Sometimes … Read more

Priceless work of our local carers.

Tania Teague with her mother Anita Teague - photo John Appleyard, Daily Telegraph

Sometimes there’s an overlap between Good Grief! and the other newspaper articles I write and today’s story published in The Daily Telegraph, Mosman Daily, North Shore Times and The Wentworth Courier is a good example. Behind every dying person there’s usually at least one dedicated carer – often a whole … Read more

Happy 100th Guy!

With-100-year-old-Guy-Warren-just-outside-his-busy-studio

I thought I was the early bird, just now sneaking in at 6.30 the evening before the big day to wish artist Guy Warren happy birthday. He turns 100 tomorrow. But family and friends are already at his house, celebrating with very classy French champagne. They are not leaving before … Read more

When the fear of running out of money is greater than the fear of death.

Five Invitations, from Frank Ostaseski's website.

“Some people fear running out of money more than death itself,” said ABC TV’s financial commentator Alan Kohler’s the other night. You can see why. Kohler was making the point because with the Covid-19 led recession, the worst of which is to come, unemployment will rise, the official definition of … Read more

Are face masks a good idea or not?

Bibi Sheonarine, photographed by Irfan Khan of the Los Angeles Times

The US Center for Diseases Control( CDC) has reversed its advice on face masks, to help control the spread of Covid-19. It now says we should all wear them in public and this contradicts what it said before. In Australia we have also followed the advice not to wear face … Read more