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Recommended Websites & Reading

  • http://www.waysofbeing.com.au  Dr Michele Knight hosts the Death Cafe Marrickville once a month and is in the process of writing a book about grief and death.
  • http://recoveryfromloss.com  a book written by Patricia Brown following the death of her son offers more than the intimate and privilege sharing of a story, it also assists those in grief to step back into life and return to themselves.  Books can be purchased through the website.
  • www.intimacyofliving.com.au  The extraordinary Trypheyna McShane offers exquisite endings, lasting legacies, bereavement support, creative grief and personalised funerals.
  • http://thegroundswellproject.com  Educates through workshops and conferences on death to create social change and to build death literacy.
  • http://www.victoriaspencecelebrant.com Victoria Spence offers integrated end of life and after death care and life rites.
  • http://www.theporcelainurncompany.com.au artist/ceramicist, Deb Taylor makes delicate, bespoke urns for ashes.
  • http://www.heartfelt.org.au a not for profit organisation that photographs stillborns for requesting families.
  • www.abc.net.au/compass  a program featuring on the ABC covering stores about faith and religion.
  • www.abc.net.au/conversations interviews with Richard Fidler speaking with ordinary people doing extraordinary things – spend an hour in someone else’s life each weekday.
  • http://www.palliativecare.org.au  the importance of comfort and care at the end of life.
  • http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters a range of topics about living and dying.
  • www.stateofgrace.net.nz  green funerals and encouragement of family involvement in the death ceremony in Auckland New Zealand.
  • www.artattheend.com.au Art At The End – architect and stonemason memorials.  A beautiful and extraordinary approach to head stone architecture.
  • Push for Palliative the Facebook page to link with Dr Yvonne McMaster OAM who tirelessly advocates the need for palliative care.
  • Order of the Good Death Caitlin Doughty is the principal behind Undertaking LA that places the dying person and their family back in control of the dying process, the death itself, and the subsequent care of the dead body.
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – and other lessons from the crematory, by Caitlin Doughty – the title indicates the content of this book and all I would add is, just read it!
  • Who Dies by Stephen Levine – a book about conscious living and conscious dying.
  • Dying to Know: Bringing Death to Life by Andrew Anastasios (PilotLight ), a beautiful image based text that raises important issues about death in a beautiful way.  A good gift for someone that can be bought from The GroundSwell Project.
  • In The Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth – author of Call The Midwife series, this autobiography address the change in how British families have adapted to the changes in their public health during the years that Worth worked in the health system, essentially altering the treatment of the ill and dying due profit making and big companies.
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – a story that flourishes from a unique combination of a writer and neurosurgeon.  Kalanithi describes his response when met with his own mortality.