Ideas & how-tos

How to do a funeral at home or in a community venue

How to do a funeral at home or in a community venue

  No-one wants a cookie cutter funeral In fact some people want a unique funeral at home. Everything is changing so quickly around us. You can buy a funeral on Gumtree. In Lygon Street a trusted funeral company shares a building with a glass fronted upstairs gym. In Geelong the first funeral director you come […]

Early conversations about end of life wishes

Early conversations about end of life wishes

No wonder we hold the very idea of death in awe. Right now, we have a degree of control over events in our lives. Then, everyone else will have to be in charge of whatever happens to us. Generation to generation people rely on surviving relatives and friends to do their level best to lay […]

Go your own way, the case for a home vigil

Go your own way, the case for a home vigil

Recently I had a note in an email saying, ‘I loved the gentle, conscious and beautiful way that my friend showed me passing can be. Thank you for your role in it’. Yet for many people I meet, the idea she speaks of is hard to imagine. The idea that a family would choose to […]

Hope to see you! Events Feb-May 2017

Hope to see you! Events Feb-May 2017

There’s a whole lot of learning events on the calendar, that lift the spirit to approach a different way of thinking about death. The Sustainable Living Festival’s round the corner, and for Kinship Ritual it’s an annual event. This year it’s Thursday 16th February in the morning in Carlton. The focus is ‘Shades of Green, […]

A meaningful funeral: 10 key steps

A meaningful funeral: 10 key steps

When someone we love dies it’s very satisfying when there’s a meaningful funeral or memorial.While the first thing that comes to mind about a funeral or a death is the emotions, it’s  a time when everyone also has to be hugely practical. Many people do it in a fairly panicky rush. As Emma Freud writes, […]

Guest Post: Why we had a steel band at Mom’s memorial

Guest Post: Why we had a steel band at Mom’s memorial

by Jennifer Downs I spent a week with Jennifer Downs in Baltimore, Maryland in 2012. I was attending ‘home funeral’ training with Final Passages. An acupuncturist, Steiner educator and political activist, Jennifer’s tagline is ‘Wake up to your wisdom, embrace your life’. I’m often inspired by her blog at Pivot Point Projects and asked her […]

Meaningful funerals are spaces of reflection.

Meaningful funerals are spaces of reflection.

Perhaps what leaves people feeling okay after a good funeral is the space of reflection that it has created. As much as a satisfying funeral is a place for grieving, support and appreciation of the contribution of the person who has died, it is a place for humility in the face of Life. We want […]

Celebrant/MC

Facilitation is a great enabler of a successful funeral. And with a funeral you want it to feel absolutely right. It’s a once only occasion. Every family and community is different. Each wants a funeral or memorial that will be best for them. Feedback on recent funerals and memorials After my mother’s death it was […]

Love projects or not losing the legacy of important people

Love projects or not losing the legacy of important people

All the sadness in love and loss. We can only experience it. And yet there’s also a pull to make sense of it. The journey to make loss meaningful can be painfully long. Somehow  memorials play a role in this. Then as time passes, there’s something left, something to refer to, a special place to […]

Focus on natural burial: SLF 2016

Focus on natural burial: SLF 2016

When people come together around something that affects them deeply, and with focus and determination, a lot can be learned. What’s also great is that we can admit ignorance, listen closely to what others have to offer, and make new and sustainable connections with ideas and people. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” […]

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