'Death café' a unique forum for those dying to know more

Painting cardboard coffins at a recent workshop in Cobargo.

Painting cardboard coffins at a recent workshop in Cobargo.

A DEATH Café and Chat as part of Dying to Know Day will be held at the Cobargo Uniting Church on Friday from 1.30-4pm.

This is a not-for-profit community event run by Cobargo Undertakings and Friends of the Cobargo Cemetery.

Guest speakers will share their experience with death, their involvement with death, their preparation for  death and their ideas of a perfect funeral.

Among the speakers will be Kerryn Dunlop, who was diagnosed with malignant cancer in 2012 and told to go home get her affairs in order,

After an operation when a 6kg tumour was removed from her ovaries, Ms Dunlop is now cancer free.

Cobargo GP Dr Tracey Lucas-Ramadan will be speaking on end-of-life care and advanced care directives.

Senior Constable Robert Dunlop will speak on Triple-0 first response and how police officers and ambulance paramedics are often the first grief counsellors on the scene.

Paramedic Steve Owen will also talk on Triple-0 response.

A man who died three times - and came back to life each time - will tell of his experiences.

The need for wills and power of attorney will be outlined by Steve Ross .

Beth Dogan and Lorraine James will talk about their cardboard coffins and land burial and how to go about burying on private land.

The Reverend David Oliphant  from Mount  Dromedary Uniting Church will discuss pastoral care and grief counselling.

Entry to the Death Café and Chat is by donation and there will be free afternoon tea and free advanced care directives.

Cobargo Undertakings has a portfolio of information, advice and resources at hand to help with your funeral planning.

It has a list of contacts for suitable venues and catering options within the local community along with floral arrangements, music and service options.

For more information about this new concept go to www.cobargoundertakings.com.au.

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