Archive of ‘Death Awareness’ category

Alchemy Cafe morphs into Death Cafe!

death cafe

The room looked beautiful as the morning rays brought light and warmth to the space in readiness for the Death Cafe. Six wooden tables beamed a splash of Spring colour from the freshly cut golden wattle and mauve lavender sprigs in recycled port glasses. A bottle of chilled water, 4 glasses, a small tissue pack, […] Read more…

Life Over Lunch To Digest Your Death: end of life planning

Close to 160,000 Australians died last year and how wonderful that you were not one of them. Would you have been ready if your number was up? Despite huge advances in medical technology, statistics confirm that 100% of us will die. We plan well in advance for important life events like holidays, birthdays and weddings […] Read more…

Are You Starving For Death Over Dinner?

Ever tried casually chatting about death at a dinner party? If so, you’ll know death can be a conversation-killer because people think you’re morbid. Death is still a taboo subject around many dinner tables. Yet research from the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR), shows about 70% of us want to die at home but […] Read more…

Death semiotics

Yesterday I experienced the incredible power of semiotics. Semiotics is the study of signs/symbols and their socially constructed meaning. I first came across semiotics reading Chris Weedon’s “Feminist practice and poststructuralist theory”. An easy to understand, funky, short history from semiotics to poststructuralism can be found here and here with an article called “Poststructuralism explained with […] Read more…

Becoming a-death through creative community practice

Abby presenting at AARE 2016

This is my presentation at AARE 2016 at MCG. It was part of a Symposium made up of Margaret’s PhD students: Disruptive thinking through creative methods: Innovative research projects from the Space, Place, Body group Angela Foley: Intimate material: Artful beyond words in the ‘posts’ Sarah Crinall: What is (the) matter-with-data?: The creative practice of […] Read more…

AARE conference 2016

AARE 2016 - Karen, Anna, Abby, Pauliina, Margaret, Angela, Sue, Sarah

I attended AARE 2016 at the MCG. I went to the Sunday workshops for early career researchers and HDR students. This was an informative day very worthwhile. I only went to the morning keynotes and one session plus the one I presented at. The one session I went to was Margaret’s collaborative session with the […] Read more…

Antipodes conference 2016

Margaret presenting Badger Bates print to Tracy

I met Pauliina Rautio at Antipodes Conference. Sue and I placed rocks on the speakers desk to show our support for her work. She mentioned them in her opening. Here is her blog post about the Antipodes Conference: EVENTS: ‘Pissing in the wind’ at the Antipodes [Excerpt from blog] “Thursday began with Pauliina’s keynote. … […] Read more…

Dying To Know Day in SA 2016

Robert Pitt, CEO and Giani Kuldeep Singh

Exploring death and bereavement customs from 4 different cultures was the theme for this year’s inaugural Dying To Know Day event on Monday 8th August at the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. The room, usually reserved for funerals, was packed out at the invitation-only dinner event. The rows of seats were replaced with round tables dressed in […] Read more…

Death in the vines

Yesterday, on a rainy Winter Sunday afternoon, I hosted my fourth Death Café. This time it was in D&M Bakery in Angaston; an historic wine producing town nestled in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Warmed by the fire, hot drinks and platters of freshly baked sweet treats, 18 of us came together to have a […] Read more…

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