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UPCOMING EVENTS

BUILDING GRIEF LITERACY: THEORY, PRACTICE & PARTNERSHIPS 

ABOUT: This session will unpack the myths of griefs and include an overview of current bereavement theory. We will also explore what’s happening across the community to increase our grief literacy and how hospitals and funeral organisations can partner to provide wrap around bereavement care to clients and families. 

Jo has been a practicing SW for over 20 years. She became passionate about social work role in end of life care and opportunities for therapeutic intervention in a busy clinical environment which lead her to her PhD research at University of Wollongong (UOW) exploring hospital and community partnerships in caring towards end of life. Currently Jo works as the SESLHD Bereavement Coordinator which encompasses staff and community capacity building in all things death, dying and bereavement as well as coordinating and providing clinical bereavement care. Alongside this she teaches in the Healthcare and SW subject at UOW.

This information session will take place on 10-Apr 2024 from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Booking for this online information session are essential.

CHOOSING A HOME FUNERAL - THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER

ABOUT: In this session Zenith will step you through some of the fundamental things to consider when organising a home funeral. Drawn from over 30 years of experience helping people do this, this session is aimed to expand your understanding of possible home funeral options. 

 

Zenith Virago lives in Byron Bay, Australia and is the EO and founding member of the NSW Charity, the Natural Death Care Centre. She is the co author of the book The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and subject of the international independent documentary, Zen & the Art of Dying, and patron of the Good funeral guide, UK. Read more about Zenith

This information session will take place on 14-May 2024 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Booking are essential for this online event.

COMMUNITY CAPACITY AND DEATH

ABOUT: In this session, Bec and Kaz will discuss community approaches to end of life and after death care. Drawing from rich personal experiences they will talk through some of the deaths they have been a part of and in particular how Kaz’s husband Stan helped an entire community become death literate. 

 

Over her career, Bec has worked in various industries including finance, real estate and the law but in 2011, she found her path into the funeral industry and stayed there until mid-2017 working across the many roles offered in the contemporary funeral industry; including pre planning, administration, mortuary, funeral arranging and directing. Retraining as an End of Life Doula and becoming an independent Funeral Director, she has worked in home based death care and family led funerals ever since. Read more about Bec.

This information session will take place on 12-June 2024 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Bookings are essential via the link below.

WAYS OF BEING WITH A FAMILY WHEN A PERSON IS DYING

ABOUT: In this talk Annie will share her own experiences and what to avoid. Having learned the hard way what to avoid. How to take long distance separation, age, technology and disabilities into consideration.
We will all have valuable experiences to share and this is a terrific opportunity to do this. 

 

Annie Whitlocke has been a death doula for 14 years, pet death doula, trainer for death doulas and pet death doulas. She is Team leader for Social Health Australia, Buddhist chaplain and Pastoral Carer for Monash Health. Read more about Annie.

This information session will take place on 25-July 2024 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Booking will open for this event closer to the session date & time.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

​REFLECTIONS OF MY QUEER DEATH/BIRTH RITUAL

ABOUT: In this session, will share photos and personal experiences of attempting to metaphorically dead while she reflects on the birth/death ritual she hosted - a queer death experiment.

Drawing on her experiences of working as a Personal Care Attendant and Mortician's assistant, she explores switching roles with friends. Conversations around consent, boundaries, and desires play an intrinsic role in the experiment. 
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions


A DOULA'S SUPPORT IN DYING

ABOUT: At this event, facilitate by Tracey Rusden, we explored the role of an End of Life Doula, sometimes referred to as EOLD.
What does a doula do?  At a glance, you might work with an EOLD if;

You are advancing in age or have a life-limiting or terminal diagnosis and want to get your 'affairs' in order. 
You want to have important discussions and conversations about end of life.
You would like to know your options, to be prepared and organi
sed.
You want your wishes and preferences documented and would like support to get it sorted.
You’re an independent thinker and have some ideas about what you want and don’t want.
You want personalised support for you and your people, you are interested in support with advocacy.
You want to minimise any challenges for your people. 
You like an open and honest approach.
You want to remain in your own home.

This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions


CREATING RITUALS OF DRESS AND DEATH

ABOUT :  Dr. Pia Interlandi is a designer who addresses death through dress; dress as an act, as a doing, and as a becoming (poiesis). Harnessing a toolkit of skills that combine tacit and explicit knowledge bases, Pia intermeshes scholarly and professional practice, interlacing personal reflection, community engagement, and the rigor(mortis) of academia.
Through her practice, Garments for the Grave, Pia designs rituals for facilitating dressing and addressing the dead body. She co-designs garments with the terminally ill and dresses them with family for their funerals. As an academic, her teaching and research explore the materials and materiality of death, disposal, decomposition and dispersion.
A founding membe
r of the Order of the Good Death, Natural Death Advocacy Network, Australian Death Studies Society, and the Australian Home Funeral Alliance, Pia has spent her entire adult life advocating for creativity at the end.
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions



WHAT DO I SAY

ABOUT : Do you know what to say when someone is dying, or to someone recently bereaved? AHFA committee member Annie Whitlocke has years of experience she to share on this topic.
Annie has completed Death Doula Australia training 1 and advanced, Death Doula Australia training Death of a Baby, Deathwalker 1 and advanced, and Midwifing Death Amicus. She works as a Clinical Pastoral Education (Monash Hospital) and sits on the advisory committee for Secular Spiritual Care Network.
Annie also serves as a part of the advisory committee for Victoria Governments Palliative Care Clinical Insight committee, as an on-call Buddhist chaplain at all major hospitals and as a Palliative Liaison coordinator Buddhist Council Victoria.
This event was recorded, and can be viewe
d via our Information Sessions

BODY DISPOSAL OPTIONS

ABOUT : Bec Lyons is the President of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and the Australian Home Funeral Alliance. She is a Celebrant, Tedx speaker, end of life doula and independent funeral director. She is a Churchill Fellow and the author of 'A Heartfelt Undertaking' and has travelled the world looking at different body disposal options. During this event, she presented an overview of her research and findings.
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions


AFTER DEATH BODY CARE IN THE HOME.

ABOUT : After death body care in the home. People talk about home funeral but what does it take to care for the dead? AHFA committee member, Hallie Halloran is of Ngemba - First Nations, Irish & Belgian bloodlines. I have always had a personal passion & interest in human relating, nature, lore, life & death. I was born with a strong yet soft humanitarian heart that likes to listen, observe & feel more than talk. She is the owner of Paperbark deathcare and she offers an accessible, affordable & eco-conscious family led service offering the knowledge, advocacy & guidance, so that they may do as much or as little themselves.

This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions

ARRANGING A HOME FUNERAL.

ABOUT : AHFA committee members Alex and Hini delve into how to arrange a home funeral. What does it involve and where do you start?
Alex Antunes (she/her) is a Naarm based aged care worker and holistic funeral assistant. She is the current treasurer of Natural Death Advocacy Network and a founder of Queer As Death Collective which facilitate monthly Death Cafes for LGBTQIA+ people.
Hini (they/them) hails from New Zealand, they're an indigenous Maori, queer non-binary person who has lived
in Australia since 2006. They're a hospitality professional and creative event producer who's adding their weight to the death positive/ literacy movement.
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions


WHAT IS A HOME FUNERAL?

ABOUT : Claire Turnham and Bec Lyons share what a home funeral is and how it all works.
Claire Turnham MBE is a mother of 4 and the UK/NZ based Founder of Only with Love. As a pioneer of the home funeral movement, she is passionate about sharing her skills, knowledge and experience to help others. Claire is recognised internationally as a leading Home Funeral Practitioner, Educator, Celebrant and Advisor.
Bec Lyons is the President of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and the Australian Home Funeral Alliance. She is a Celebrant, Tedx speaker, end of life doula and independent funeral director. She is a Churchill Fellow and the author of 'A Heartfelt Undertaking'.
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions


CEREMONY REALLY MATTERS

About: AHFA Committee member Zenith Virago will be sharing her decades of wisdom about creating meaningful ceremony. Zenith lives in Byron Bay, Australia and is the EO and founding member of the NSW Charity, the Natural Death Care Centre. She is the co author of the book The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and subject of the international independent documentary, Zen & the Art of Dying, and patron of the Good funeral guide, UK. With a legal and community background and work history, she is a seen as a community resource, assisting people to know and reclaim their legal rights, and co-create their own social rites of passage. She has been working towards more holistic cultural change in approaches to better and continual end of life and after death care for well over 25 years. 
This event was recorded, and can be viewed via our Information Sessions

For more information about any of these events or to suggest a topic, please email us at hello@ahfa.org.au.

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