Turning my grief around – and post grief growth

Sutherland Death Cafe still has spaces for Dec 2.

Stephen Licciardello, Manager at St George and Sutherland Community College

Sutherland Death Cafe still has spaces for its December 2, 2023 meeting. At a death cafe you join others to have a cup of tea and a conversation about death. People who want to find out more about death and how to manage it often feel a Death Cafe is … Read more

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 beautiful death – writer Richard Flanagan talks about it.

One of the most beautiful things I ever saw - Richard Flanagan 'In strong, safe hands' Good Weekend, October 28.

‘A beautiful death’ is an expression few of us feel we have permission to use. Yet writer Richard Flanagan has done just that. Can we say this too? Richard is a Tasmanian author who’s won the Booker Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for fiction writing. His snippet about … Read more

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Grief Care staff - Sigrid Evangelista, Patricia Thomas, Sinead Kent and Carmela Di Pietro

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Suicide Memorial Event today – everyone is welcome.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Memorial Service

Wesley Mission is holding its Wesley LifeForce Suicide Memorial Service Day in Sydney today at 12 noon – and everyone is welcome. It’s at Yallamundi Rooms of the Sydney Opera House. See the walking map to get to the right spot, here. https://www.wesleymission.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Walking-map-to-the-Yallamundi-rooms.pdf You can be with other people in … Read more

‘Comfort Food for Grief’ – Lyndey Milan’s Stuffed Eggplants.

Lyndey Milan's recipe for Stuffed Eggplants

“I find this dish incredibly comforting on a personal level,” explains Australian cooking and media personality, Lyndey Milan. “Not sure if it is because it includes mince – beef or lamb is fine – which is easy to eat and digest and brings back memories of childhood. “Or the hint … 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

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

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

‘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

Join us in Kirribilli on May 22 – Reflection.

Understand Death Better - Kirribilli, May 22.

How to have the best death possible? We discussed this question and many others in May at Kirribilli. “It was lovely to meet you and be part of the workshop. I very much enjoyed watching you engage with the audience and the way you navigated conversations. From my perspective, it … 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

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