April 2016 archive

Engaging teens with death

I made a new friend at Uni last week – Jen. In passing, Jen mentioned my research topic (Becoming death and grief literate when we are well) to her teenage son who is in Year 12. She was amazed when her usually mono-syllabic teen sparked up and said to pass on to me that there […] Read more…

Inefficient mapping

My Inefficient mapping of birds flying

Dr Linda Knight was our dedicated scholar-in-residence at the recent Western Sydney Uni Autumn School for research students. On the last day she ran a workshop with us where we created an inefficient map of the uni grounds. Using a page of tracing paper and a multi-coloured magic pencil, I recorded bird flight paths in […] Read more…

For Robbie

Libby, Robbie’s uni friend, wrote this poem for Robbie within a day or so of his death. We used it on the bookmark handed out at Robbie’s funeral. Full of life, full of love, full of passion and heart, Living each day creating beautiful art. Touching the lives of those you passed by, Leaving an impression, […] Read more…

CoC in 3MT format

Death Cafe Barossa Invitation

Just back from the Autumn School for Research Students at Western Sydney Uni. My mind is on fire with ideas and what to do with them for my thesis. My aim for the week was to come home with clarity around my research so I can write my Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) document. For my […] Read more…

Peter Pan

Artwork by Birds Nest for Hair

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” I fell in love with this quote. It spoke to my heart. That place is a delicious place between dimensions where anything is still possible. Anything such as Robbie […] Read more…

Death cafe resources

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Jon Underwood maintains the integrity of the Death cafe movement. He encourages people to add to the grass-roost conversation around death and dying by contributing any of […] Read more…

3-4 years to find peace after death of a child

The most productive years of my life were the first 3 years after Robbie’s death. I kept myself crazy-busy. It took 3 years before I felt it was safe to stop. Then I sold my business of 17 years to a staff member, stopped lecturing MBA students and started my PhD full time. Studying for […] Read more…

101 Euphemisms for Dead, Death or Dying

http://dying.about.com/od/Funeral_Memorial_Planning/a/101-Euphemisms-For-Dead-Death-Or-Dying.htm This is an article about the euphemisms we use for death and dying. My personal favorite is “Immortality-challenged”. Below is a small excerpt from the list. • Bit the dust • Checked out • Climbed the stairway to heaven • Croaked • Entered the Pearly Gates • Feeding the worms • His/Her number’s up • […] Read more…

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