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Dr Abby Buckley | Eco Coffin Project

Gawler, SA, 5118



What is a sustainable death?

Dr Abby Buckley is a community educator and social ecologist who finds guidance and inspiration from nature on how to positively integrate death in our ordinary everyday while we are vitally alive. Her research focus, during her PhD thesis, was on using collaborative creative practices to disrupt the life/death binary through a sustainability lens. She is the founder and facilitator of the Eco Coffin Project which is a community program in Gawler, South Australia, that raises awareness of ecological body disposition options such as natural burial and human composting and explores the question: What is a sustainable death? Other community services include facilitating Death Cafes and a mobile Before I Die wall. Abby learned how our Australian death and funeral system works during her time at Adelaide Cemeteries and then as a Funeral Celebrant. She is driven by the vision of all Australians understanding how our death system works so they know what is possible and can then make meaningful informed eco-friendly decisions for their own death or when supporting others.
Training / Qualifications:
CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015
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PhD thesis: Creative practices for becoming with death while vitally alive, Cert IV Training and Assessment, MEd-Social Ecology



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