We are a growing Australian network and advocacy partnership of community facilitators, professionals, activists and educators working to enrich the experience of dying and death.
Our aim is to create an informative, innovative and transparent organization advocating holistic approaches to dying and death through independent research and action. Our main areas of advocacy include death education, funeral planning, family lead funeral care, natural burial and bereavement care.
We are committed to providing individuals, families and communities with professional, creative and informed assistance to choose meaningful, humane and ecological pathways at the end of life.
"A great funeral is individual and authentic to the life lived. Some last 5 minutes, some last hours. Each is unique and deeply personal. Some involve religious ceremony, and some are simply celebrated by everyone raising a glass of wine at the graveside. But what needs to be offered consistently to each family is choice."
"For me, it’s just about being a bit stubborn and being prepared to ask “why not?” Give me a good reason why not, and I might accept it, otherwise I’ll just keep hunting until I find what I need."
"I rang Graham and asked “why can’t I wrap this woman in a shroud and bring her to you to cremate?” He told me that they don’t do that and nobody does. Then 24 hours later he rang me and said “your question has kept me up for 24 hours and I’ve read everything there is and you’re right, there isn’t any reason that we can’t do it."
"TALK ABOUT IT. It’s as simple as that. Talking about death, the death of those you love, and your own death really brings to the fore the things that are important to you in life. It reminds you to tell people you love them, and be grateful for each day. Talking about death makes you live better."
"A huge section of our community has said “put me in a box and plant me under a tree. Don’t make all that fuss, don’t do things to me, and don’t buy some stupid, fancy $4,000 box”. They want a practical, sustainable, ‘thanks for coming’, service."
"As people start to witness ceremonies of real substance they are beginning to understand and become aware of what is possible in a ceremony."
"Public education is so important in this industry. It is not acceptable to condition people to think they have to do things in a particular way - and for it to cost a certain amount of money. Funerals are for honouring a loved one in an authentic manner appropriate for each person."
"There is no legal requirement to use a funeral director. So why not think about how you could handle this yourself. There are many options available to you and your family - with a little planning and the assistance of others (a good celebrant or friend) you could handle most of it yourself."