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In her book Death: the Final Stage of Growth, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross says: “If you can begin to see death as an invisible, but friendly, companion on your life’s journey – gently reminding you not to wait till tomorrow to do what you mean to do – then you can learn to live your life rather than simply passing through it.”
That is, acknowledging and accepting death can help us to live a more full and meaningful life. Why, then, are we still in the dark when it comes to death? Would we be less afraid if we knew what was on the other side? What IS on the other side…?
Join us in Sydney for an evening of canapés, BYO drinks, and a chance to explore these questions. You’ll hear incredible stories and inspiring insights from our three speakers, who, in different ways, have each come into close contact with death. (Note this is a bigger event than previously - approx. 50 people.)
About the speakers
Victoria is a civil celebrant and consultant, with extensive experience consulting on end-of-life and after-death care. She has a post-graduate degree in Death, Dying and Palliative Care, and qualifications in celebrancy and bereavement support
A well-known voice in the ‘death community’, Victoria regularly runs events to educate and engage people on issues around death. Her passion lies in empowering people with knowledge, and helping them honour rites of passage – work she believes is her life purpose.
“I think we’ve forgotten more about death in the last 100 years than we’ve forgotten about anything else,” she said in a recent interview for Dumbo Feather.
Victoria has a wealth of knowledge about death and dying, including the array of options available to us – from dying at home, to decorating your own coffin, to creating a funeral ceremony that is unique and meaningful – and nothing like those strange, impersonal services we’re used to.
Rohan is a film and television producer and director, with a passion for travelling the world. In his early 20s, while backpacking in the US, he was robbed and shot by two unknown men, and left for dead on a deserted street. Rohan was rushed to hospital. During an emergency operation, he was pronounced dead for 90 seconds.
His experience during these 90 seconds is an incredible story. It’s helped define who he is today and how he chooses to live his life. He has also recently finished writing a film based on the experience, called Twin Cities.
Rohan’s story is a powerful one, and he offers insight into what happens when we die, as well as a refreshing and inspiring view on life. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he strongly believes life is here to be lived and not taken for granted.
Tina is an Australian photo artist who has been exhibiting since the 1990s. Her work has appeared in festivals, galleries, public advertising spaces, book covers and magazines around the world, and has been studied in universities.
Until recently, Tina had a fear of death that led to frequent midnight panic attacks. One day she came across a book on near-death experiences. Learning about death became a fascination – and it liberated her from her fear.
Tina is now undertaking a PhD focusing on people’s perceptions of death. She recently created a photographic series called Unpacking Death, in which she asked 50 people two questions: What is death? What happens when we die? It’s a beautiful and intimate series that has altered Tina’s perspective on life, reminding her to distinguish between what’s important and what can be let go. Tina will share a number of these images with us (which have not yet been released publicly).
She is now working on a new project, Spirit Letters, which will become an educational website and book based on stories from people with extraordinary tales of ghosts, spirits and near-death experiences.