I have finally surfaced from the jet-lag from my trip to Europe, where I was given the opportunity to present twice – once about the funeral disruption industry in Australia, once about End Of Life Doulas in Australia. Both presentations were in the same afternoon, so my tiredness at the end of the trip is understandable.
What I found fascinating is that the funeral disruption talk was slated for the panel “Birth and Death” – however I was the only person in the room who was talking about death. Weirdly, I was in a room full of midwives, nurses and researchers who were firmly fixated on the medicalisation of birth and the ramifications of this for practice. Which is good, and certainly food for good thought and future research pathways, however both mothers and infants/foetueses do die – so I was fascinated by the way I was actually sidelined by the room. Many people took enthusiastic photos of my presentation, but zero questions afterwards.
I do invite all of you to have conversations about death and dying. Please. Don’t be afraid of being the one person in the room who will begin the talks.
If you would like some pointers about how to begin a End Of Life conversation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I am a bit quiet on the posting at the moment as I am in Europe where I spoke at the biennial European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) conference.
A short holiday to recharge my energies and catch up with friends has followed the conference, but I do want to let you know how the conference went.
I presented on disruptions to the funeral industry in Australia and EOL Doulas in Australia. There is a lot of interest about Doulas in Europe, coupled with a genuine concern that poorer people are able to access our services – many colleagues were wondering about government subsidies for EOL Doulas in fact.
I plan to return to the next conference in 2020, where my research into EOL Doulas will be the focus of my
If you would like to know mire about family-led or alternative funeral options, or are Doula-Curious ease do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to answer your questions.
I am proud to be here in Lisbon at the ESHMS conference “Old Tensions, Emerging Paradoxes in Health Rights Knowledge, and Trust”.
I have two presentations: ohne about EOL Doulas and their role in providing ongoing death literacy and continuity of care for clients, the other (a distributed paper) on disruption and tbe corporate funeral model in Australia.
My distributed papet abstract is on pages 74-75 of the program book. I feel so proud, this is a great accomplishment.
I’m always very interested in the intersections of life, death, art, science, the personal story, creativity, and truth – so when I was approached by a member of a film production company that has a strong track record of ethical, sensitive film-making around intimate and personal life circumstances I was very happy to talk with them about their upcoming project.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in working with an award-winning Australian documentary film team for filming around End Of Life, the contact information is in the Traces press release, click on the link below.
Press Release – Traces
In some ground-breaking news for younger people at End Of Life, the NSW government announced last week that the first young adult hospice will open on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Big Bear Cottage – you can read about it here – will fill the current Bear Cottage gap; after attaining the majority age of 18 YA persons in need of ongoing support for life-limiting and terminal illnesses have not been able to continue accessing the support Bear Cottage provided when they were younger.
It will be good to see other states and regions following this model – let’s see what happens next for the YA community.
If you would like to better understand your End Of Life options, or need advocacy, support and information for a young (or not-so-young) person please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am an End Of Life Doula who is creative, straight-talking, and happy to help you navigate your options and choices in the way that works best for you.