NDAN is an acronym for Natural Death Advocacy Network.

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 Vision

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.

Our Mission

We provide individuals, families and communities with professional, creative and informed assistance to choose meaningful, humane and ecological pathways at the end of life.

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Rebecca Lyons, mother of one, hails from the Blue Mountains in NSW. She started her working career in Sydney before making the move to Tasmania in late 2006.

Over her career she has worked in various industries including finance, real estate and the law but in 2011, she found her path into the funeral industry and stayed there until mid-2017 working across the many roles offered in the contemporary funeral industry; including pre planning, administration, mortuary, funeral arranging and directing. Retraining as an End of Life Doula and becoming an independent Funeral Director she has worked in home based death care and family led funerals ever since.

Bec has also been actively working to advance the mission of You n’ Taboo which is the education and advocacy service she co-founded with her partner in 2016.
Most recently Bec was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake international research and report on changes and disruptions in the end of life space which saw her travel through 6 countries exploring alternatives to contemporary ceremony and body disposal. A link to her report can be found by clicking here.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, photography, camping and travel but what makes her most contented is time with her family. The subjects of death and dying, natural burial and the DIY approach to death care are her passion and she loves being out in the community raising awareness and promoting good honest conversations, she is a dedicated advocate for positive change.

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Website: www.yountaboo.com

With almost 40 years of nursing experience and post-graduate qualifications in palliative care, I have a great passion for supporting those at the end of life and have long nurtured a deep desire to open up discussions around death, dying, and end-of-life issues, believing that this contains enormous possibilities for living more fully and richly.

The past few years have provided several personal experiences for end of life support, culminating in the death of my husband in June 2019. This deeply personal exploration of the mystery of dying, death and grief have given me great insight into the challenges, nuances, and opportunities in this space.

Along with my colleague Nicole Stephens at End Stage Matters, we offer End of Life Doula services, Advance Care Planning workshops, and other events such as Death Cafes, podcasts and a theatre piece about ACP.

I’m thrilled to be taking on this role in NDAN; an opportunity for me to have a positive influence and contribute to our cultural reclamation of natural dying and natural death.

Phone : 0422318149

Website : endstagematters.com

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As a Social Worker, Christine commenced working in community palliative care in 1999. Working with people who were dying felt like all her knowledge, life experiences and skills had come together and she has since worked within the field at various levels, including senior management. More than anything, it is the privilege of working with dying people and their families that has driven Christine to continue her work in the field of death, dying and bereavement.

Becoming a Celebrant in 2010 created different options of working with people and whilst always being a strong advocate for advance care planning, as an Independent Funeral Celebrant, Christine became an advocate for families, to celebrate lives the way they chose.

In 2019 Christine completed her Deathwalker training and continued to spread her knowledge and experience within the community – increasing death literacy and encouraging compassionate communities.  She developed a workshop “Drop Dead Laughing” advocating for people to consider many options for both their living, dying and funeral planning.

Christine brings to NDAN many years’ experience and enthusiasm to spread the word about the natural approach to living, dying, and celebrating lives.

Phone : 0474 128 869

Website : www.soulfulceremonies.com.au   

Connecting, networking, empowering, and supporting people to do what they are passionate about comes naturally to Nicole.

Many years ago, Nicole’s youngest brother was killed in a road accident on his 21st birthday. This experience ignited in her a passion to know more about death, dying, grief and spirituality that has continued throughout her life.

Nicole is passionate about her community and has had many roles within this sector, either through volunteering or employment, including projects working with the multicultural community (“New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program CALD Community”), CFA, Farmer’s Markets and Landcare and has undertaken the Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program.

In the recent past, Nicole has worked for the Beechworth Cemetery, coordinated and spoken at the “What to know before you go” workshops for the Indigo Shire, and is currently a volunteer for Albury Wodonga Palliative Care. At this stage of her life, she says she has finally found what she wants to be when she grows up and has placed her focus and considerable energy and passion, through End Stage Matters, on supporting people at the end of their lives with a holistic approach that includes spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.

Nicole lives on a farm in North East Victoria with her partner David and their gentle black dog Buddy, who is her constant companion. She loves walking the hills around the farm, and taking photos of the constantly changing landscape, animals, plants, and fungi. She delights in cooking for friends and family and sharing produce and plants from her garden. Nicole loves people and loves listening to their stories. 

One of her greatest accomplishments has been raising three children who have grown into beautiful engaged adults, of whom she is immensely proud.

Phone : 0428 171 272

Website : endstagematters.com

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Compassionate, Queer, Aged Care Worker, passionate about living the best life we all can using Music as therapy.


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