A workshop On Death and Dying on 17th November, Sydney

On Saturday the 17th November a workshop On Death and Dying will be held in Sydney to explore, amongst other things, communication at end of life, how emotions, attitudes, beliefs and past experiences can result in us trying too hard to say or do ‘the right thing’, and ways in which we can be more comfortable and natural, and convey compassion and presence.

“There is no script for what to say to people who are dying, and one may be uncomfortable, embarrassed or afraid. With our emotions embedded in our attitudes, beliefs and past experiences we often try too hard to say or do ‘the right thing’.

“Yet, as we honour the dying person, it may be more relevant to be comfortable and natural, and so convey a sense of self that is full of compassion and presence.”

The workshop has been developed by Roger Cole with Petrea King, Michael and Ann Barbato.

The organisers explain that “this is a one-day event for health professionals including palliative care workers, GPs, chaplains, volunteers, undertakers, counsellors and those involved with caring for dying friends or family”.

What: On Death and Dying workshop

When: Saturday 17th of November 2018, 10am-4pm

RSVPClick here to register. Registration is essential as places are limited and lunch will be provided.

MoreClick here to download the flyer [230kB]


Ann Barbato worked as a counselling psychologist for 30 years in private practice and at Macquarie University and The University of New England.
Michael Barbato is a retired palliative care physician now engaged in death literacy programmes for carers.
Maree Cole has been a nurse for 40 years with a passion for Palliative Care.
Dr. Roger Cole, Oncologist and palliative care physician, Roger Cole has been caring for the terminally ill for the last thirty years.
Petrea King is a naturopath, meditation and yoga teacher who confronted her own mortality at the age of 32 when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

MC: Charlie Hogg – Charlie is the National Coordinator (Chief Executive) of Brahma Kumaris Australia (BKA) and the Chairman of its Board of Directors.