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Workshop: On Death and Dying

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Saturday 17 November 2018, 10:00am - 04:00pm

On Death and Dying

What happens when we die?

The dying process

From denial to acceptance

Spirituality and letting go

Being with someone who is dying

Facing your own mortality

This is a one-day event for health professionals including palliative care workers, GPs, chaplains, volunteers, undertakers, counselors and those involved with caring for dying friends or family.

There is no script for what to say to people who are dying, and one may be uncomfortable, embarrassed or afraid. With our emotions embedded in our attitudes, beliefs and past experiences we often try too hard to say or do ‘the right thing’. Yet, as we honor the dying person, it may be more relevant to be comfortable and natural, and so convey a sense of self that is full of compassion and presence.   

On Death and Dying is concerned with the conscious process of dying, the journey itself, spiritual aspects of care, and reverence for the eternal and the sacred. By the end of the event, participants will have explored a range of responses when in the presence of someone who is dying. 


Ann Barbato worked as a counselling psychologist for 30 years in private practice and at Macquarie University and The University of New England.

Michael Barbato is a retired palliative care physician now engaged in death literacy programmes for carers.

Maree Cole has been a nurse for 40 years with a passion for Palliative Care

Dr. Roger Cole, Oncologist and palliative care physician, Roger Cole has been caring for the terminally ill for the last thirty years.

Petrea is a naturopath, meditation and yoga teacher who confronted her own mortality at the age of 32 when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. 

MC: Charlie Hogg

Charlie is the National Coordinator (Chief Executive) of Brahma Kumaris Australia (BKA) and the Chairman of its Board of Directors. 

Booking essential as Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


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