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The art of dying

  • Kinfolk, Melbourne 673 Bourke St Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)


When it comes to death and dying in the modern world, many people argue that we’ve lost sight of what’s important – that there’s a need to ‘do death better’. But what would that look like?

Across the globe, people are doing their part to ‘redesign’ death in some way. To once again imbue it with meaning and ritual, and help us face the inevitable with a little more understanding, acceptance and peace.    

Join us at our very first Melbourne event for an evening of late-winter feasting and fascinating conversation about how we deal with death – and why we need to start doing things differently. 

This is set to be a pretty special night – don’t miss out. 

Tickets: $155 (includes an entirely unique experience + three courses + wine and beer)

About the speakers

Lea Rose

Lea Rose is a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist, and international educator on living and dying well. She has 20 years experience working with adults and children facing chronic and life-threatening illness, including providing end-of-life care. She also works with families of people who are ill or have passed away. She has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital and at the Yarra Valley Living Centre – a retreat centre for people with cancer or chronic illness, as well as in many private homes. 

In 2014, Lea released the book Let’s Talk About It! Finding Peace with Death and Dying in Everyday Life. (It’s an incredibly moving and enlightening read – we can highly recommend it.) She also recently established the Living and Dying Well Counselling Centre in Melbourne.  

Lea is highly respected internationally for her expertise on death and dying, and she speaks regularly at conferences and workshops. She is warm, engaging and passionate about empowering people to make informed choices about death and dying.

Kathy McCormick

Kathy is an artist, community development worker and former funeral assistant, with a strong interest in exploring and promoting alternative approaches to death and dying. She has led and been involved in a range of related initiatives, including Death Café, and community arts projects and festivals around Australia. 

She recently travelled to Mexico, the UK and New York City to explore how different communities are using art and cultural practices to make end-of-life and after-death care more meaningful and participatory. In Mexico she experienced Day of the Dead celebrations, while in the UK she delved into the natural burial movement. 

Kathy is deeply interested in culture and ritual, and in using creativity and community to help us reclaim death, dying and grieving as a rite of passage.

Earlier Event: June 27
What is death?
Later Event: November 7
Life after death