Learning to face death

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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

A reader’s story: Annie Whitlock on Impermanence.

Annie Whitlocke

We love to connect with our readers. ANNIE WHITLOCKE, who follows Good Grief! reflects on the concept of impermanence. And so tells how her life journey has led her to become the Buddhist death doula and Associate Director at Social Health Australia, that she is today – some of her … Read more

Mortals with Ross and Rachel Menzies

Rachel and Ross Menzies - Good Grief

This article was updated on April 27, 2023. It discusses death anxiety. Ross and Rachel might be friends, but Professor Ross Menzies and Dr Rachel Menzies are also father and daughter—both psychologists who have authored their third book together, the fascinating Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society. … Read more

Join us for an ‘Understand Death Better’ Q&A session at the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre.

Understand Death Better - Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, May 22, 2023.

Join us at Kirribilli for Understand Death Better. It’s not an easy topic – that’s why we always provide a cup of tea afterwards. But understanding a few basic points, and getting directions about accessing the resources you need will make life a lot easier going forward. Research shows that … Read more

Billy Connolly says the best way to deal with a fear of death is to laugh in its face.

Billy Connolly talks down death using comedy, BBC Scotland

This article was updated on April 10, 2023. It discusses how Billy Connolly deals with the fear of death. Comedian Billy Connolly says he uses comedy as a way of coping with his fear of illness and death. The Glasgow born comic, who is 78, has Parkinson’s disease and prostate … Read more

Reflecting on the true person

Margaret Rice asks - What has grief taught Jessica Rowe?

This article was updated on March 23, 2023. Jessica Rowe talks about ceremonies that reflect the true person. Loved journalist and TV personality Jessica Rowe told me: “We sometimes have the idea that everything about a funeral has to be reverent and really sombre. But it doesn’t. We have to ask … 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

We had a great conversation – Just a reminder about this event in Wollongong on Thursday, February 9 – places still available.

In Wollongong for Conversations Around Death and Dying.

Join us on February 9, for our FREE event, 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. “There will be plenty of room if someone joins … Read more

Suspend disbelief and watch ‘Surviving Death’.

Suspend disbelief and watch 'Surviving Death'.

This article was updated 24 November, 2022. It discusses suspending disbelief about the after life. by Sandra Moon Are you an afterlife sceptic or not? Have you ever looked for or had a sign from a deceased loved one? Whenever I see the Ulysses butterfly, I call it “Aunty Janet” … 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