CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
 

Contemplating the last Christmas together

A blog post by Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis, Research Associate, CareSearch, Flinders University

  • 20 December 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 1372
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Contemplating the last Christmas together
Around 200,000 Australian families will be affected by death and dying this Christmas. Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis from CareSearch discusses the impact of death and dying over Christmas and suggestions to help people facing bereavement over the holiday period.

A ‘normal’ way to grieve?

A guest blog post by Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate, ELDAC (End of Life Directions for Aged Care)

  • 29 November 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2523
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A ‘normal’ way to grieve?

In a multicultural country like Australia, the way people grieve and mourn the death of a loved one varies. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC shares her research and personal experiences on death, bereavement and grief and the myriad factors that can influence the outcomes.

Dying to Know Day 2017: What if talking about death didn’t even raise an eyebrow?

A guest blog post by Holly Smith, Project Coordinator, The GroundSwell Project

  • 8 August 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4347
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Dying to Know Day 2017: What if talking about death didn’t even raise an eyebrow?

August 8th is Dying to Know Day – a campaign that encourages people across the country to engage in meaningful conversation around death, dying and loss by hosting events in their local area. This is its 5th year running and it has clocked up over 403 individual events!
 
So why on earth should we talk about death?!
 
Many cultures around the world have a different approach to death. In many countries, people generally die at home surrounded by their community, it is an important time for a community to gather and support each other. Death is not a scary thing to talk about because people have seen the process over their lifetime, they are familiar with the rituals and traditions so they know exactly what to expect and how to respond.

From Dying2Learn to Dying to Know Day: Bringing to life conversations about death and dying

A guest blog post from Dr Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Associate Professor, Discipline Palliative and Supportive Services

  • 25 July 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 2914
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From Dying2Learn to Dying to Know Day: Bringing to life conversations about death and dying

Australians are not well prepared for death and there are indications that many people are not comfortable talking about death. It may be that as medical advances have improved our life span we have become less familiar with death or that as our community has changed our rituals and practices for caring for the dying have also changed. The last few years have seen an increasing interest in ensuring that dying is recognised within the community. Death education, public health promoting palliative care, death cafes, and compassionate communities are just some of the ways that people are reclaiming an awareness of, and a responsibility for, death and dying.

‘Before I die…’ Compassionate Communities in action

A guest blog post from Dr John Rosenberg, Research Fellow at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care

  • 18 April 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 6428
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‘Before I die…’ Compassionate Communities in action

Wandering around your city or town, have you ever seen ‘pop-up’ chalk boards inviting you to contribute your thoughts on an issue affecting us all? If you were asked what one thing you’d want before you die, what would it be? Travel to a dreamt-of place? Marry your beloved? See your grandchildren born? See Collingwood win the AFL Grand Final (go the ‘pies!)?

Chances are you’ll see a ‘Before I die, I want to…’ board somewhere (Before I Die website). It’s an initiative that encourages open dialogue about death with the hope that it will engender compassion for those in our community who are living with a life-limiting illness. It’s a bit like a bucket list, really.

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