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  • A counsellor who soothes the path for the dying

    THEY call her the death doula. The Netherlands-born counsellor Lola Rus-Hartland ushers the dying and their families through the stages of death, from beginning to end.
    In The Netherlands those who do this work are called the stervensbegeleiding – it translates to farewell guide. And it is funded under public health.
    lola rus hartland“The Dutch people are a little bit more open, probably in Australia we are a bit more of a death denying society than other cultures,” Rus-Hartland says.
    “You help the dying person to farewell their life and loved ones, but you help the loved ones to farewell this person. So it works on both ends.”
  • Australian Grief & Bereavement Conference 2018

    The biennial Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference will be held in Manly, Sydney, which is widely known as Sydney’s premier beach and will take place from 8-10 August 2018, with one day pre conference workshops on 6 & 7 August 2018. Hosted at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, this is the ultimate seaside venue overlooking beautiful Manly beach.

  • Meditation, yoga and a good chat: One cemetery's unique approach to grief

    Springvale Cemeteryin Victoria  opened an on-site care and wellbeing centre, to help visitors grieve and connect.

  • Sandgate Cemetery Grief and Loss Ceremony

    Sandgate Cemetery in Newcastle and Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery last  Monday evening held events for  Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorials.

  • Training: Supporting and Communicating with the Bereaved.

    The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has scheduled  training workshops across Australia, including a series entitled "Supporting and Communicating with the Bereaved". to be held in NSW, Victoria and WA.