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

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  1. When a death leaves love nowhere to land

    26 October 2017

    Bereaved mother Su-Rose McIntyre says grief doesn’t occur in a neat sequence of events or experiences; rather, it’s like Melbourne’s weather – all over the place.

  2. Personalised bears made from a loved one’s jeans are always ready for a cuddle

    17 August 2017

    Vickie Hartland experienced an intense period of grief about 10 years ago, with the death of seven family members over just two years. That is what has inspired her to make personalised bears from jeans that were once worn by people who are now sadly missed.

  3. Life after a big loss: school or prison? Meet grief therapist Liese Groot-Alberts

    27 June 2017

    Liese Groot-Alberts is a keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide. She became a therapist after the sudden death of her young daughter. While working with internationally renowned psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Liese learned that after a big loss, you can decide to make life a school or a prison.

  4. Artistic merit only part of the picture: judge looking for heart and soul

    13 June 2017

    As one of the three judges determining the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art competition this year, Anzara Clark is looking for more than technical brilliance, inspired composition and colour mastery.

  5. 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.

  6. Handover bag concept offered nationally as sensitive way to return possessions

    24 March 2017

    Whether someone dies in a hospital, hospice or residential aged care facility, it’s not unusual for their possessions to be passed back to their family in a plastic garbage bag. An End of Life Care Committee in Queensland has developed a more sensitive and respectful approach, which it hopes will be adopted nationally.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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. Making meaningful rituals to celebrate the loved ones you miss

    15 December 2016

    Heading into the holiday season, now is a good time to consider what meaningful rituals can be embedded into celebrations so that the memory of our deceased loved ones remains alive in our hearts and minds.


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