In conversation: Death and Dying

Bring an open mind and an open heart to a day of conversation about dying and death. Industry experts share their experience and knowledge in understanding the spectrum of emotions and situations from wellness through illness, palliative care, sudden or traumatic death, dying, and bereavement and grief. This day, imbued with a gentle dose of humour, covers the legal, practical, realistic, emotional and sacred choices we can make about life and death.

Speakers and interviewers include:

Ticket price includes lunch.

Thank you to our supporters : The Constant Reader Bookshop, Olive and Moss, Picaluna Funerals, HammondCare

Tutor: Michael Barbato

Michael entered Palliative Care in 1989 following 17 years as a General Physician in rural NSW. He retired from clinical practice in 2014 and is now doing research into the experience of unconsciousness in dying patients. Michael has directed palliative care services in NSW and the ACT, did regular locum work for the Northern Territory Palliative Care Service and has done voluntary work for a Cambodian NGO that served the sick and dying. He has a long-standing interest in death literacy and non-ordinary states of consciousness, including end-of-life dreams and visions. He is the author of 3 books, Caring for the Living and the Dying, Reflections of a Setting Sun and Midwifing Death and has completed one unit of Pastoral Care training. For the past five years he and his wife Ann have run a correspondence course for members of the community and healthcare workers on the art of midwifing death. Ann and Michael have four adult children and four grandchildren. His interest include living sustainably, walking, swimming, table tennis, mushroom forays, tending his bonsais and growing vegetables.

Tutor: Zenith Virago

Zenith Virago has spent 20 years working with death and dying, supporting individuals, their family and friends in the preparation of the dying process. Her skills make her a Deathwalker, defined as someone who accompanies those on their journey, along with their loved ones. She offers guidance including practical, legal and spiritual care. She’s the founder of the Natural Death Centre, and co-author of The Intimacy of Death & Dying.