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Nothing elaborate for David Bowie, does not equal a pauper’s funeral

It is good to see that the dodgy practices of some providers in the funeral industry are getting some coverage in the mainstream media and in the business pages as well as general news stories. This report by Caitlin Fitzsimmons … Continue reading

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From the land of lost and found it is time we lost the euphemisms and found some plain English.

It is Palliative Care Week in Australia – a time to pause and reflect on the significant contribution made by those who care for the sick and dying in our families and the community. There was a time in our … Continue reading

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Living as we who have lost must live

Every day of our lives, we are provided with yet another opportunity to learn a little more about life from another of perspectives. This is one of those days. In What we can learn from the dead, Alan Stokes (Sydney … Continue reading

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Happy mother’s day

It might sound a bit odd, but I have mixed feelings about Mother’s Day. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. … … Continue reading

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Too precious to forget – the making of a memory ‘stick’

There are two sides to this story. On the one hand there are many ways to remember someone who has died by making or crafting something that perhaps was significant to them or something that we can remember them by. … Continue reading

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Putting multiple skills to good use

We are told that the news reports, be they the hourly radio news bulletin, the nightly television news hour or the newspaper reports are simply reflecting the realities of our daily lives. Well we reckon otherwise. All the stories about violence … Continue reading

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Making sense of grief and healing

Good grief.  More than simply an expression of surprise, these words can signify a deeper appreciation of the hurt that the earth endures at the hands of the human species.  And so beyond expressing words of sorrow, what can we … Continue reading

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