often find myself stitching in public places. I suppose it has become part of my art practice. Although I do have a studio and occasionally work at home, I’m often carting around portable pieces in my bag, along with thread, needles and a pair of scissors. Like many artists who work with fabric, I’m drawn to the way that clothing can evoke thoughts about humanity, connection and memory without being heavy or didactic.
Dying To Know Day (August 8th) is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement founded by The GroundSwell Project. Every year different events are held all over Australia for Dying to Know Day. Anyone can host or participate in an event.
We invite our volunteers to contribute to the many facets of care provided by the funeral home so that we can become a skilled community who can look after our own dead. We are so incredibly grateful for everything our volunteers do. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us.
A lot of parents shudder at the thought of having to explain the death of a loved one to their children. I often find myself providing counsel on this conversation. There are some general guidelines that are helpful that I like to use.
One of the questions I get asked the most is “how did a young woman like you wind up working in a funeral home?”. I’m not exactly the image that springs into mind when you think ‘funeral director’.
This last few months have been a whirlwind. We quietly opened our doors on the 1st of September, 2016. The Illawarra community has followed our journey for the past 7 years, and they had been calling us when a death has occurred well before we were even close to funding a funeral service .