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Death Care – the ingredients – counting the cost

Where does social justice rate in the ‘ending of days’ and death care industries? There would be some people who would take exception to the naming of these services as industries.  But if you add up the number of large … Continue reading

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Rediscovering the wisdom of the midwives

Mention the name death doula and people look somewhat mystified, as if one is talking a foreign language.  As it turns out, there is nothing mysterious about it at all.  On the one hand it turns out to be a … Continue reading

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Passing down traditions by way of rituals

A lot of people today would claim that they are beyond rituals, beyond what they might call superstitious practices to call on the gods to save them from harm or calm their troubled minds in times of stress.  And yet … Continue reading

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From a DNR Order to a DNH Order

The idea of having some say over how or when we die has resulted in the development of action plans like Advance Health Care Directives (AHCD) that inform what an Enduring Guardian requests of the medical staff attending to a … Continue reading

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Talk less about how to die than how to live – meetings more about laughter than tears

The Swiss love to talk about all manner of things including dying and death. And what better place than a café.  Bernard Crettaz’s café meetings in 2004 didn’t spread much beyond Switzerland and France until Jon Underwood in east London … Continue reading

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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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