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  • Woolloomooloo Sydney Australia (map)


An evening with a funeral director and a palliative care nurse.


Michael Lohman

A funeral director since 1990, Mick has done it all – from picking up bodies and preparing them for open caskets, to putting them in the ground and digging them back up again. He’s exposed to the raw emotions of a family when their loved one dies, and provides comfort to those grieving. He is interested in - and well informed about - issues around death, dying and funerals, has loads of fascinating stories, and importantly, he's got a bit of a sense of humour about it all.  

Mick spoke at our pilot dinner in April, and it made for a truly fascinating, insightful, informative and entertaining discussion. We're thrilled he's agreed to come back for round two. 

Barbara Cocks 

A nurse for over four decades, Barb’s interest in death and dying arose during her general nurse training at Darlinghurst’s St Vincent’s Hospital in the mid 1960s. “I had sat with patients, whose death was imminent and therefore were not suitable for transfer, till they died, but I always wanted to know how the patients we did transfer were nursed. I suppose I wanted to know more about the dying process.”

From 1989 to 2013, Barb worked in the Palliative Care unit of St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn, and from 2003 she was the Nurse Unit Manager. “For me, palliative care has been the most challenging part of my nursing career,” she says. “It has challenged me to assess my values, biases and beliefs, as well as my strengths and weaknesses.”

With such extensive experience, Barb has a wealth of invaluable insights, knowledge and stories to share with us.

Earlier Event: June 20
When we are faced with death
Later Event: August 29
The art of dying