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————————– 2018 —————————

Die-alogue Café

Day, date, time: Thursday, 1st February 2018, 10.00am – 12md;        Location: Community Hall, Eleebana Residences, 57 Burton Rd, Mt Hutton

Meeting outline:  Our focus for the meeting will be (1) film titled: Dying Wish – a case study featuring Dr Michael Miller; (2) Final Footprint Challenge –  what to consider when calculating the total cost of arranging and conducting a funeral event.

There will be our usual member music selection and book review.

As always there will be time for reflection and discussion, then Entrees & Conversation Starters: The Funeral Game (of True or False); Message stick … Around the traps …

The meeting will follow the Die-alogue Café format; Gold coin donation appreciated … Coffee, tea & nibbles provided. To advise attendance call 0437 543 465

————————- 2017  ————————-

Die-alogue Café

This is our Dying2Know Day event for 2017.

Day, date, time: Thursday, 10th August 2017, 10.00am – 12md; Location: Community Hall, Eleebana Residences, 57 Burton Rd, Mt Hutton

Meeting outline:  Our focus for the meeting will be an interview with Mollie Carlile on The Weekly with host Charlie Pickering.

As always there will be time for reflection and discussion, then Entrees & Conversation Starters: The Funeral Game (of True or False); Message stick … Around the traps …

The meeting will follow the Die-alogue Café format; Gold coin donation appreciated … Coffee, tea & nibbles provided. To advise attendance call 0437 543 465


Nights of Grief & Mystery

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Ramshackling Teachings & Concerts for Turbulent Times with Stephen Jenkinson and Gregory Hoskins, Tuesday 14th March 2017, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle.                  For bookings and further information go to : http://orphanwisdom.com/event/oceania-2017/  https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleGriefCollective/


Die-alogue Café

Day, date, time: Thursday, 9th February 2017, 10.00am – 12md; Location:            Community Hall, Eleebana Residences, 57 Burton Rd, Mt Hutton

Meeting outline:  Our focus for the meeting will be a presentation by Margie Jenkins: ‘Don’t Slam The Door On Your Way Out’ (or step on a duck)  (DVD)

After the program, time for reflection and discussion, then Entrees & Conversation Starters: The Funeral Game (of True or False); Message stick … Around the traps …

The meeting will follow the Die-alogue Café format; Gold coin donation appreciated … Coffee, tea & nibbles provided. To advise attendance call 0437 543 465

————————  2016  ————————

Die-alogue Café

Day, date, time: Thursday, 17th November 2016, 10.00am – 12md; Location:            Community Hall, Eleebana Residences, 57 Burton Rd, Mt Hutton

Meeting outline:  Our focus for the meeting will be the National Press Club address 10 August 2016 – ANDREW DENTON: ‘The Damage Done: The price our community pays without a law for assisted dying’ (DVD)

After the program, time for reflection and discussion, then Creative offerings: Music for funerals and functions; for grief relief  … Paul Kelly & Charlie Owens: Death’s Dateless Night, the album is an anthology of songs requested at funerals.

The meeting will follow the Die-alogue Café format; Gold coin donation appreciated … Coffee, tea & nibbles provided. To advise attendance call 0437 543 465


Living with our Dead

 7th Annual Picnic Among Friends, Sunday 6th November from 2-5pm,  Girrahween Park in Earlwood. We celebrate 7 years of community involvement and participation, which places death as a significant part of life. Please pack a picnic and spend some time with those you love — your living and your dead.

We invite you to be creative in how you honour them…. make a place for them at your picnic … bring something to add to the Memory Tree … write a note of what they have passed on to you — sage advice, a recipe, a way of seeing the world — so you too can pass that on to others. You may wish to contribute to your grandparents shrine and add a weave to our memorial that honours those who have lost their lives seeking asylum.

Please see the attached flyer for details. To RSVP and for more information please visit

Sydney Festival of Death and Dying <!–

In contemporary Western culture death and dying are generally regarded as some-thing to fight against, deny, hide from public view and above all fear. What if we were to look at them differently?  We may have very good reasons to want to learn more about death and dying. Thinking about and experiencing mortality–our own and that of others–can make us our lives richer, deeper and more valuable to us. Mortality in truth is the intensification of life. All workshops are learner-centred and for every-body– young and old. The festival will be held at Critical Path, 1c New Beach Road, Ruschcutters Bay, Sydney.  Held across 3 days: Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November 2016.  To get all the details and book: http://www.deathfestsyd.net/home

Event name: Die-alogue Cafe

Date: 13 August 2016

Event details: Watch an inspiring film: Griefwalker, featuring the words and work of Stephen Jenkinson. He respectfully encourages us to rethink our current dying and death journey.  Plenty of time for discussion and socialising during our time together.  Bring some nibbles or other goodies to share.

Venue address: Eleebana Residences, Community Meeting Room, 57 Burwood Road, Mt Hutton (Lake Macquarie /Newcastle)

Event time: 2.00 – 4.00pm

Contact Persons: Stuart Carter / Glenda Morgan

Email: stuartjc@live.com           Phone: 0437 543 465  /  4948 1717

Event Website: https://diealoguecafe.wordpress.com

RSVP required?: Preferred for catering purposes.

Dying2Learn MOOC

July 2016 — Register in June — see the link below.

Death & Dying Infographic

When it comes to death and dying – what’s changing in the 21st century?
Is how we think about death changing? 

  • Think about the language we use when we talk about dying;
  • Learn about how and what people die from now;
  • Find out how art, music, and media have shaped our ideas on death;
  • Discover what happens in the digital world when we die.

Be challenged. Join in a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course) that is looking at death and dying in a different way.   The course starts late June.  To register go online at:   http://www.caresearch.com.au/CareSearch/tabid/3950/Default.aspx



Wednesday March 23rd 2016  9:30am – 5:00pm   @ Gratia, ‘Food for the Soul’
370 Bourke Street,  Surry Hills Sydney

Join us for this groundbreaking innovation workshop where we will explore new approaches to changing cultures around death and dying. Using techniques from user-centred design and prototyping, participants will develop and test new ideas for changing the conversation in a wide range of contexts.   Are you looking to improve the way your agency communicates about end of life issues?   Are you keen to reach new audiences?  This workshop is for anyone who is seeking to enhance their public communication strategies.     [Proudly supported by the Australian Centre for Health Research]

Facilitator at the workshop will be Jake Garber co-author of Dying for Change.  To read the book log onto: http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Dying_for_change_-_web_-_final_1_.pdf

For all the details and bookings, go to: http://www.thegroundswellproject.com/everybody-dies-workshop/


Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Stephen in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die.

“How can seeing your life’s end be the beginning of your deep love of being alive?”


Thursday 25th February 7-9.30pm – Wentworth Falls Public School

To find out more about Stephen Jenkinson go to: www.orphanwisdom.com
For bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/griefwalker-film-screening-and-talk-by-stephen-jenkinson-tickets-21988550346

Fri – 19/02/2016 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm          Where?  Mullumbimby Civic Hall, 55 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby  2482

——————- 2015 ———————-

Death – A Series About Life, SBS HD, 11:05pm, Starts Mon, 25 May 2015, 65 minutes.  This is a five part series, made in Norway, broadcast on SBS television.

Episode 1: Physical Death: Paradoxically, one of evolution’s primary driving forces is death. What happens to us when we die, and what is death’s role in nature?

Episode 2: Life after Death: Over 90% of Earth’s population believe in a life after death. Why is that, and how do people around the world act to ensure a good after life?

Episode 3: Creative Power of Death: Death makes us creative. From slapstick entertainment to the fine arts, death has a prominent place. Without it we’d probably be bored to death.

Episode 4:Market of Death: Death is a source of income. From the weapon industry, religious talismans to psychotherapists – the opportunities of making money from death are larger than ever. Which offers exist and what needs do they meet?

Episode 5: Politics of Death: Death has major practical and symbolical impact on politics. Is there an ideal life expectancy for a society to function? And what happens when one person’s death becomes more important than another’s?


Dying to Talk is the catch phrase behind Palliative Care Week, May 25-31, 2015.  Palliative Care Australia CEO Liz Callaghan says we Australians are not very good at talking about death and dying. “We tend to shut the dying away and hope they don’t remind us too much of our own mortality. This needs to change. We need to be prepared.” For more details go to:  www.palliativecare.org.au

A Will for the Woods. What if our “last act” could be a gift to the planet – a force for regeneration? This feature documentary portraying Clark Wang as he readies himself for his death, touches a nerve and triggers all kinds of thoughts about how we do dying and death and disposal of our remains.  It’s showing around Australia over the coming weeks with two screenings in the Hunter: Sunday 29th March 2015 at 7.00 pm, New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton,  and Wednesday 1st April 2015 at 7.00 pm Toronto Uniting Church, 118 The Boulevarde, Toronto.  http://www.awillforthewoods.com/

——————-   2014   ———————

Making wills in contemporary Australia. It seems that making a will is off the agenda for a lot of farmers and graziers, these days. According to Professor Cheryl Tilse  who is leading a project for the Australian Research Council, the three year study is looking to better understand why country people keep putting off writing their wills. “Issues can arise about the timing of asset transfer and how to distribute assets, especially when some children are, or wish to be, involved in farming operations and some children do not.” To find out more, email: c.tilse@uq.edu.au or c.feeney@uq.edu.au or call 07 3346 9090 (This post: 16.11.14)

Live Well, Leave Well provides the opportunity to connect with like-minded people, to foster conscious living and to be well prepared for our end-of-life events.  To share stories, to revive craft practices, to integrate different cultural traditions into how we farewell our dead.  Shroud making is on the agenda as is time for learning and reflection. Guest speakers will help guide the discussion.  It’s FREE and it’s at the Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Tuesday November 4 to Sunday November 9.  Contact Helen Dunne at Shroud Memento, http://funeralshrouds.com.au/

Day of the Dead events are taking place at this time of the year, Sydney: Thursday October 23 from 6-9.00pm at Zetland in Sydney. Go here for more: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/day-of-the-dead-green-square-tickets-12703264807?aff=eorg;  then,  The 5th Annual Picnic Among Friends 2014  Sunday November 9th, 2-5pm Girrahween Park, Earlwood; Central Coast: Sunday November 2 from 10am-1pm at Brick Wharf Road, Woy Woy.

Death Literacy Conference, held 6th September 2014 at the Information and Cultural Exchange, Cnr Victoria and Villiers Rd, Parramatta Sydney), is organised by The GroundSwell Project. Details can be found at:  http://www.thegroundswellproject.com/death-literacy-conference/

Grief Awareness Month: Hunter Writers Centre honours this event with a Grieve Writing Competition culminating in a live reading and awards night, August 29th, held in the Harold Lobb Theatre, Newcastle Conservatorium, cnr Auckland and Laman Sts, Newcastle. More at: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-writing.html


Date: Tuesday 5th August – 2 events!!!   Start a Conversation: Become confident to talk with family and friends about death and grief with the same enthusiasm we have for talking about other things in life. This is an opportunity for us to share our experiences and support each other.   RSVP: Stuart   |   4954 7996 or 0437 543 465

Venue: The Place, Charlestown Community Centre, Cnr Frederick and Pearson Sts

  • Time: 9.15 for 9.30am to 11.00am; 
  • Time: 11.15 for 11.30 – 1pm 

Cost:  $2.00pp incl. morning tea

Date: Wednesday 6th August   Time: 9.45 for 10.00am – 12.00 midday

Faith and Funerals, is a 5 part series screening / ed on Compass ABC1 television from July 20 at 6.30pm.  For details go to: http://www.abc.net.au/compass/faith-and-funerals/default.htm

Tender, is the title of a film that screened at the Sydney Film Festival on June 9, 2014 at Event Cinemas, George Street.  Then ABC1 television on June 22 at 10.30pm.   Australian artist-filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s beautiful documentary tells a story of love and death, following a community project in Port Kembla, NSW as it attempts to set up funeral services for the local people. For details go to: http://www.sff.org.au/public/films/films-a-z/films-a-z/ then scroll down to T for Tender where there is a view trailer link.

Compassionate End-of-Life Care is the title of a three day course held at the Rigpa Centre, Newcastle, 5-7 June 2014.   Leaders include: Christine Longaker, Alexandra Yuille and Wendy Wright.  In similar vein:  Understanding Death, Care for the Dying, Melbourne, Australia. For details go to:  http://www.spcare.org/en/upcoming/eventdetail/58/23/compassionate-end-of-life-care

Midwifeing Death is a correspondence course that commenced in March 2014. Please contact Michael for further details. On the web at: http://caringforthedying.iinet.net.au/index.html

Who decides and at what cost, is a research project being undertaken by the University of Newcastle Centre for Health Behaviour, during 2014.  The study is to investigate patients’ preferences in relation to end-of-life care.  The “research team is looking at the complex blend of clinical, legal, behavioural, bioethical, health economics and information technology issues that impact on this important issue.” Planning can make a crucial difference to the “quality of death”.   There are three key players in the end-of-life scenario:

  • Patients, in this cancer patients;
  • Surrogate decision-makers, usually a family member; and
  • Medical carers.

(See Death needs a plan similar to childbirth, by Robert Sanson-Fisher, Newcastle Herald, 11.01.2014, p19)




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