People’s stories

A Patient’s Perspective.

End of Life world turned upside down

A patient’s perspective about how her “world turned upside down”, is shared in this End-of-Life Essentials video. Here is the link to her story, told in her own words. She shares her thoughts and fears, when first diagnosed with cancer and reflects on how that had an impact on her. … Read more

Maybe there ARE stages of grief after all – and one is a tsunami.

Wave crashing

Gay McKinley now definitely believe that there are stages of grief and she describes ‘the tsunami of grief’ stage as one of them. She has written about her deep insights into grief in her two previous articles, shared to our newsletter readers and then here on the Good Grief! website. … Read more

When Grief Comes Unexpectedly Calling

Gay and David together in Italy the day before he died

Grief came unexpectedly calling for GAY McKINLEY, and she is still learning how to find her way without the love of her life. This article first appeared as A Reader’s Story in the Good Grief July 2023 issue, which can be found here. Last year Gay got in touch, following … Read more

‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – Lyndey Milan’s Chicken, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup.

Lyndey Milan

In this occasional series Lyndey Milan, Australian cooking and media personality, shares ‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – wholesome ideas for special foods to comfort you or those you love, during difficult emotional times. “We all know that chicken soup is good for us, comforting when we are unwell and widely … 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

‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – Lyndey Milans’s Simple Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Coffee Spiced Dates.

Lyndey Milan's Simple Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Coffee Spiced Dates

The idea of chocolate as a comfort feels intuitive and natural. And these days we even have the science to show how this works. So it’s the perfect comfort food for grief. And it makes sense to turn this rich, feel good substance – known the world over for these … Read more

Good Grief! shares the message on Channel 7’s Morning Show.

Watch the video of our interview on Channel 7 below Good Grief! contributor and chef Lyndey Milan shared her recipe for Spiced Apple and Raspberry Slice on Channel 7, on Wednesday when we talked with the hosts of the Morning Show, Larry Emdur and Kylie Gllies, about comforting the grieving. … Read more

‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – Lyndey Milan’s Spiced Apple and Raspberry Slice.

Lyndey Milan

Today, April 18, 2023, Lyndey Milan showed viewers how to prepare more ‘Comfort Food for Grief’ on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, as we explained the mission of Good Grief! and the role good and healthy food plays in helping the grieving. In this occasional series Lyndey, Australian cooking and … Read more

What is your biggest question about dying and what is your biggest fear?

People walking along a street in silhouette.

This story was updated on March 28 2023. This is our first report on feedback from our consumer survey, which is ongoing. It was published in our March 15 newsletter. Our next report will be in the April newsletter. Please subscribe here, if you would like to follow this discussion … Read more

Dipping into the well

This article was updated on 24 March, 2023. It discusses the death of my dear brother Julian in a motorbike accident. A conversation with friends took me to a well the other day. We were walking in the Sydney sunshine along Bungaree’s Walkway at Middle Head, a natural pathway with … Read more

Kim’s story

"Doula work is something I’d been searching for all along and not known about," says Kim.

This story was updated on March 10, 2023. It discusses being a death doula. Kim Somerville looks like someone you’d expect to be working with chic designer wear at Noosa or another upmarket beach. The day we chatted at her favourite local coffee shop in Sydney’s Lilli Pilli, she wore … Read more

Christine Pedley reflects on a final farewell and ‘doing death well’.

Christine Pedley

This article was updated on March 9, 2023. It discusses a final farewell. Today we’d simply like to share a lovely, very real story by our LinkedIn connection Christine Pedley who lives at Ferntree Gully,  Victoria. Christine has been an authorised marriage celebrant for 11 years.  She “co-creates ceremonies that … Read more

‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – Lyndey Milan’s Coriander Chicken Tray Bake.

Lyndey Milan's Chicken Coriander Tray Bake

Australian cooking and media personality, Lyndey Milan’s ‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – is an occassional series with wholesome ideas for special foods to comfort you or those you love, during difficult emotional times. When we met it was immediately clear there was a strong connection between our missions. Lyndey is passionate … Read more