For the past five years, SMCT has facilitated gentle discussion around grief and memorialisation through its community care and wellbeing program, supported by Grief Australia. Insights from community and colleagues from across the organisation highlight one thing – knowing that it’s okay to talk, and being in a safe space to do so, can make a world of difference.
This inaugural event was a pilot for our teams to explore how to effectively facilitate this style of conversation. Thankfully it was very positively received, and our teams were kind enough to share their thoughts and feedback after the event.
- ‘For someone who has worked in a cemetery for seven years this November, I had not once stopped and thought about the value one can take away from a simple conversation about death. I think on a personal level, now that I have spoken about it, I know what I truly want when I pass.’
- ‘I think for people that are working around grief, death and dying, it is crucially important to have the opportunity in a relaxed and casual way to have deeply meaningful conversations.’
- ‘It felt good to participate in these unique and insightful conversations, and it brought about a lot of positive insights about not only death, but life.’
- ‘The event felt ‘safe’, and this was evidenced by the depth of the conversations held. I always love the way people bring both humour and deep reflections to these conversations.’
If you want to learn more about how to have end-of-life conversations, you can visit dyingtoknowday.com. For more information on Death Cafes, go to deathcafe.com. To discover more about Grief Australia, or to access resources for dealing with grief, visit grief.org.au.
For more information on SMCT’s Community Care and Wellbeing program, you can visit the webpage, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 8772 6111.