Bringing grief and death back to life

collective processes in quest for cultural renewal


Talking about death is often taboo in the West, even though it is an integral part of life. Grieving is about feeling the range of emotions attached to loss; it is an expression of the love we feel for what we have lost.

Grief rituals

Keep an eye on the events page, as my partner and I occasionally offer grief rituals when we travel. These rituals are based on conscious participation – they are our way of supporting the community to meet and connect. If you are interested in participating in or hosting a community grief ritual, please contact me directly to discuss.

Join us on the last Tuesday of the month at 5pm (AEDT)

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Free Grief Circles

This is a space to share and hear each other’s stories and experiences. An opportunity to be seen, heard and supported in our grieving process and reflection on death.

Beyond the loss of a loved one, our lives are marked by “little deaths” – illness, change, separation, childhood memories, our sorrow for the state of the world, and so on. All forms of grief and the accompanying range of emotions (sadness, anger, anxiety, apathy, etc.) are welcome in this facilitated gathering.

Discussion is an open space, with no agenda, goals or themes. This is a respectful, caring, confidential and inclusive space (all religions, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities welcome), with no intention of leading participants to any conclusion, product or action. Please note, however, that this is not a therapy or a counselling session.


The concept was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid (Great Britain), inspired by sociologist Bernard Crettaz (Switzerland). These gatherings take place all over the world, often known as Death Cafes.

«Grief expressed out loud, whether in or out of character, unchoreographed and honest, for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.» ∼ Martin Prechtel