Choices around end of life … it’s hard to know what might feel right. Still choices are easier when we’re well informed and sometimes there are more options than you’d imagine. When it comes to palliative care, dying and funerals it’s helpful to get thinking through talking, and to talk out of love.

In the video I want to share with you, you’ll find yourself tuning in. Have a listen to the singing and the stories.

I’m hoping you enjoyed the interactions of these families and partners and friends. I did. One of my very old friends appears in it, with her partner. I’ve known Priscilla since my early days in Australia. She has wonderful qualities, and so does her fella.

Choices around end of life are a tender topic, to be shared. A key premise of this little movie is that everyone will have a family, a partner, a son or a daughter to share their thoughts with. We know that this isn’t true for lots of us. We may be single. We may not have children.We may not have contact with family of origin.

It’s part of our service to be there to help with thinking through choices, if you’d like to have a consultation and do some planning. There are so many options. Getting clear on what you’d like can be very helpful for your own peace of mind and for others. You might find a book like the Good Funeral Guide helpful. Produced in the UK, the hope is that everyone will have better funerals through having access to the information they need. The photo below appeared on their blog in 2012!

Choices - bike hearse

Thanks to the Good Funeral Guide – a trusty well-used bike hearse.