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From Palliative Care Australia Palliative Matters Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care

  1. Russell Armstrong is dying to talk

    14 March 2017

    Spiritual care worker Russell Armstrong has spent much of his professional life helping others to process the unwelcome reality of their dying. He answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  2. Supporting parents after the death of a baby, as they grieve a myriad of lost wishes

    6 March 2017

    Fiona Hawthorne explains how she came to head Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, and gives tips on how to support grieving parents.

  3. Dr Philip Lee is dying to talk

    24 February 2017

    Cycling through the Pyrenees Mountains in France is on the bucket list of things Dr Philip Lee wants to achieve before he dies. The palliative care specialist was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in Parramatta.

  4. Clothes fit to be buried in; Pia creates garments for the grave

    24 February 2017

    Dr Pia Interlandi (PhD) creates biodegradable shrouds for people to be buried in. She also helps families to design and perform meaningful rituals and ceremonies for loved ones who have died.

  5. Interior designer volunteers to make ward uplifting and homely

    22 February 2017

    Interior design student Shannon Jones is fundraising to revamp the palliative care ward at a Brisbane hospital. She plans to make it a more comfortable and uplifting environment for patients and their families, and staff.

  6. Amy Sagar is dying to talk

    17 February 2017

    Funeral director Amy Sagar (nee Porter) joined the funeral industry when she was 16 years old. Now 25, she works for Tender Funerals, one of Australia’s first not-for-profit, community-based funeral services, based in Port Kembla, NSW.

  7. Walking and talking helps bereaved to process grief

    16 February 2017

    For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.

  8. From little things, big things grow; how moving stories sprouted from salvaged seedlings

    16 February 2017

    An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.

  9. Gramping proves a healing form of glamping for bereaved grandparents

    10 February 2017

    Recognising that grandparents are often forgotten mourners when children die, Bear Cottage children’s hospice has started an annual camp which provides much-needed therapeutic support.

  10. Accompanying my mother through the process of dying as her carer, confidant and friend

    9 February 2017

    While caring for her mother as she was dying, Shannon Calvert discovered strength she didn’t realise she had.

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