Cobargo discusses dying, celebrates life

Debra Summer with workshop facilitators Jenny Briscoe–Hough and Shanna Provost display a decorated cardboard coffin.

Debra Summer with workshop facilitators Jenny Briscoe–Hough and Shanna Provost display a decorated cardboard coffin.

THE Demystifying Death and Dying “life event” was held at the Cobargo School of Arts Hall as part of Eat, Think, Create (ETC). 

The event ran on Saturday and Sunday, including workshops informing people about issues regarding death and dying.

Workshop facilitator Shanna Provost said the event was about “normalising death”.

“There have been great responses and everybody has had such fun,” Ms Provost said.

The life event ran in conjunction with the Macabre Box exhibition, which displayed cardboard coffins people had decorated in a previous workshop.

Civil celebrant Debra Summer said the exhibition opening on Saturday morning had been a “buzzing hive of excitement” attended by a large crowd.

Ms Summer said the event aimed to raise $4000 for a cooling plate to be available for the community, which would allow a deceased body to remain in a house for a while to give a chance for relatives to say goodbye. 

Alan Roadknight, Mina and Len Lister were a group who visited the exhibition and agreed cardboard coffins were a “wonderful concept”. 

Mr Lister said he liked the idea of his children and grandchildren painting on his coffin, and Mr Roadknight agreed that would make it more of a celebration of life. 

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