Francis Icasiano

Brunswick East
0419 900 321
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MATTER OF LIFE: Your Story. Your Legacy. Discover & Share What Is Uniquely Yours.

About Francis

Empowerment through story is my passion.

Since training as a biographer for palliative care in 2006 I have been honoured to walk alongside people during the final chapters in their life. I am the Founder of the charity Beyond Words, biographers for aged care. Having trained and supervised teams of biographers I am:

  • Empathetic and emotionally intelligent
  • A reflective listener
  • Able to use good judgment and discretion
  • Non-judgmental
  • Professional, warm, reliable and with good humour
  • Attentive to detail in lovingly crafting narratives
  • An excellent writer and book designer

It has been a privilege to work in partnership with men, women, carers, and families from diverse backgrounds. I have helped tell the stories of triumph in the midst of living with cancer, early-stage Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, memories of war service, travel, migration and cultural assimilation. And amongst it all have been the ordinary but no less important personal and family stories and the hopes, dreams and cultural meanings that these carry.

My small business is called Matter of Life and I provide:

  1. 'Full Life' Story Support - personal life reminiscence as we develop your memoir in your words. Suitable if you live with a serious illness or require 'assisted living' eg. aged care.
  2. Memorial Books – support for bereaved families and friends to create a written collection of memories of their deceased loved one.
  3. Book Design & Production - professional publication of books to share with family or more widely.
  4. Mentoring & Editing Support - for people wanting to write the bulk of their life story themselves.
  5. Workshops - learn to write your own memoir in a supportive group.

Available for work across Australia, or online Skype sessions.

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  • BBSc Hons. (Psychology), Fellow of School for Social Entrepreneurs



Brunswick East
0419 900 321

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