The Natural Death Centre will host their annual Day of the Dead event on the weekend of November 9–11.
Following on from last year’s tremendously successful Carnivale of Living and Dying, this year’s theme is Conversations we are dying to have, with a three-day program of forums, workshops and a ceremony of remembrance.
Friday night’s forum includes an experienced panel: Quest for Life’s Petrea King on emotional and spiritual care; Dr Joanne Doran on holistic and practical aspects of end-of-life care; Zenith Virago on legal rights and rites of passage; and, from the US, Joe Sehee on more-sustainable and green burials.
This deadly conversation will be chaired by local ABC host Mick O’Regan at Byron Community Centre.
On Saturday, all four speakers will be offering morning and afternoon workshops at the Mullum Civic Hall. All the events are being offered at a subsidised rate to make them accessible to all. Tickets available on the Byron Community Centre website (http://byroncentre.com.au/whats-on/buy-tickets), direct from the Centre and at Bodypeace in Mullum.
‘Each year we try to raise the challenging issue of death and dying in a way that we think will help people open up a discussion and talk to their families and friends and consider what is important to them. Some people have fears and many people have misinformation. The NDC has always had as one of its aims to demystify death and empower the community to reclaim it. After all is said and done we will all be going into that experience,’ says Zenith Virago of the NDC.
Sunday’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance for those we have loved and lost will be held as usual in Heritage Park, Mullumbimby at 3pm.