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


  1. Mum celebrates her son’s life while remembering his death

    12 May 2017

    Sam Hurst may have lived a few extra weeks had he opted for more chemotherapy. Instead, the 17-year-old declined treatment and made the most of his remaining months. In the lead-up to National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May) his mother Lorna generously shares his story, celebrating Sam’s short but vibrant life and the factors that contributed to him dying a good death.

  2. Make room for grief and loss to support bereaved mums this Mother’s Day

    9 May 2017

    For some bereaved mothers, the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day are even more difficult than the day itself. Social workers Elham Day from Hummingbird House and Liz Arnott from Bear Cottage suggest planning in advance for Sunday 14 May.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. When the christening and funeral are one

    25 October 2016

    To mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, artist Anzara Clark shares the moving story behind her award-winning artwork, Christening Shroud, created in memory of her grandson Cody who died the day before he was born.

  6. Working through grief inspires healing artwork

    8 September 2016

    Ceramic artist Ashley Fiona was just 13 when her mother died. She explains what she has learned about grief, loss and healing, and the care and love that goes into making porcelain ashkeepers for bereaved families.

  7. Of love and loss without palliative care

    8 December 2015

    When Mary Brennan’s young son died of bone cancer back in the early 1970s, palliative care was unheard of. More than 40 years later, she reflects on the experience, and her elder son’s decision to work in palliative care.

  8. Much joy to be found on life’s bumpy road

    14 October 2015

    A new film, Joseph’s Story, illustrates how palliative care has enabled seven-year-old Joseph Stewart and his family to live well, despite his life-threatening condition.

  9. Mother of five uses her experience to help others

    24 September 2015

    After losing two of her five children within five years, Justine Betteridge has decided to use her experience to help others and is now volunteering as part of HammondCare’s Palliative Care Home Support team.

  10. Little Stars to raise awareness of paediatric palliative care

    4 September 2015

    A new DVD capturing life-affirming stories about paediatric palliative care is available free to people wishing to raise awareness.

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