March 21, 2019

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  • 12 – 1.30pm Professional & Community Lunch ($55 per head TBC)
  • 2 – 7:00pm Information Expo & Activities (FREE)

Living Today, Dying Tomorrow

Living Today, Dying Tomorrow aims to create a community that is compassionate and recognises that the natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other in times of crisis and loss. An event that brings the community together;

  • professionals to network, learn and talk about their skills, resources and challenges
  • community and volunteer groups who support, assist and care for the dying, their families and loved ones
  • health care organisations who provide services to support individuals, families and carers through death and dying
  • general public who may have experienced, are experiencing and are interested in learning more about the regional resources available around grief, death and dying

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Event Program.

Program – Living Today, Dying Tomorrow

Free Seminars & Information Expo

Thursday March 21 – 2-7pm

12 – 1.30pm Professional & Community Lunch ($55 per head)

Guest Speakers

Dr David Brumley, Director Ballarat Hospice Care

Kerrie Noonan, Co-Founder, Director The Groundswell Project (TBC)

*bookings essential.

Session One

2-3pm Be inspired with local experts….an 8 minute chat from

–             Libby Moloney, Natural Grace Holistic Funerals

–             Claire Hepper, Shannon’s Bridge

–             Jade Odgers, Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team

–             Michelle MacGillivray, Lifeline Ballarat

–             Lynne Reeder, Ballarat Compassionate Cities

–             Annie DeJong, Ballarat Cemeteries

–             Greg Mewett, Palliative Care Physician – voluntary assisted dying

–             Legal advice on end of life planning

3.30-4pm           DEATH CAFE

Jade Odgers, Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team, will facilitate a discussion around dying, death and grief. A casual chat over afternoon tea with an expert to answer any questions in a group setting. Come along to listen or participate, it’s good to talk and think about end of life.

3.30-4pm           Voluntary Assisted Dying

A presentation by local expert Greg Mewett, Palliative Care Physician BHS about voluntary assisted dying Greg will inform you and break down some uncertainties and misunderstandings in our community. It is a brief session but he will be available as part of the expo during the day to answer any questions you may have.

4-4.30pm            Talking to children about loss, dying and grief.

Pauline Hammond from Very Special Kids, a local children’s hospice and family support agency will discuss the conversation, the preparation and the explanation children need around dying, death and grief.

Session Two

4-4.30pm            Talking to children about loss, dying and grief.

Discuss the conversation, the preparation and the explanation children need around dying, death and grief.

4.30-5pm          Planning ahead – Living well Dying well

Libby Moloney from Natural Grace Holistic Funeral Planning will discuss how ‘it’s takes a village’ to prepare, provide care and plan for your end of life. End of life is a time for loving and not making plans. So where to from here…

5-7pm                 DEATH BAR

A chance to mingle and network with people you’ve met during the sessions, local experts and the community realising dying, death and grief is going to affect us all at some time and that we are supported locally by wonderful caring agencies.

Live music with Candi Wade, a local musician who recently headlined Ballarat’s Summer Sunday’s event in the Botanical gardens. If you have not heard her play you are in for a real treat.

Ending our day on a local note of all that is Ballarat and what can be provided locally around dying, death and grief.

Registrations for the Free Sessions are encouraged and Bookings for the Luncheon are all via the Eventbrite Event – Living Today, Dying Tomorrow.

You can register for all sessions or choose which suits you.

Parking is FREE and available at the Cemetery or on Doveton St, (near Doveton Park funeral centre)

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

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