Nicolette Smith End of Life Doula & Coach  | Community Educator Home Death & Home Funeral Guide | Art Therapist “To me, death is a very natural part of life. Being involved in Dying to Know Day is a wonderful opportunity to inform the wider community and involve people of all ages in the conversation. Exploring what is possible and sharing knowledge.” The End of Life Care is a service which provides information, guidance, support and compassionate care to the community. Nicolette’s deep interest and involvement in the End of Life Care evolved from her own personal life experiences. The illnesses and deaths of close family members have provided her with a compassionate and respectful approach to life and death. She works as an End of Life Doula tenderly supporting the dying and guiding those who are involved in their care. “My purpose is to promote a heartfelt engagement with life and living while providing a compassionate, supported and informed approach to death.” As a Home Death & Home Funeral Guide she has helped families and communities to tend to their deceased at home and undertake their own funerals. She is also an advocate for Natural Burial and environmentally friendly funeral practices. Nicolette has been presenting Community Education seminars and workshops in Perth WA for the past 5 years. She has a background in Social work and a Masters in Art Therapy. She is currently on the committee for the International Grief Foundation and is part of the Sacred Fire Community Death and Dying council.  

Nicolette Smith

End of Life Doula & Coach  | Community Educator Home Death & Home Funeral Guide | Art Therapist

“To me, death is a very natural part of life. Being involved in Dying to Know Day is a wonderful opportunity to inform the wider community and involve people of all ages in the conversation. Exploring what is possible and sharing knowledge.”

The End of Life Care is a service which provides information, guidance, support and compassionate care to the community. Nicolette’s deep interest and involvement in the End of Life Care evolved from her own personal life experiences. The illnesses and deaths of close family members have provided her with a compassionate and respectful approach to life and death. She works as an End of Life Doula tenderly supporting the dying and guiding those who are involved in their care. “My purpose is to promote a heartfelt engagement with life and living while providing a compassionate, supported and informed approach to death.”

As a Home Death & Home Funeral Guide she has helped families and communities to tend to their deceased at home and undertake their own funerals. She is also an advocate for Natural Burial and environmentally friendly funeral practices. Nicolette has been presenting Community Education seminars and workshops in Perth WA for the past 5 years. She has a background in Social work and a Masters in Art Therapy. She is currently on the committee for the International Grief Foundation and is part of the Sacred Fire Community Death and Dying council.

 

Amy Porter (Sagar) I am the funeral director of Tender Funerals, a not for profit affordable community based funeral service focused on empowering and educating our community to become more involved in the process of organising a funeral and caring for the dead. I am involved with Dying To Know Day because I am passionate about educating people about death.  D2KD encourages the sort of community engagement that I love to see and all around a subject that I am so interested in. I have been a funeral director for 8 years now and find that people are starting to be ready to talk about death, and these events are the perfect opportunity to encourage that and teach people something in a way that engages our community. I want to see more and more information out there for people. I believe in being the change that you want to see in the world. The change that I want to see is more death literate people so I do what I can to help contribute to that, like being a part of the Dying To Know Day Leadership Group.

Amy Porter (Sagar)

I am the funeral director of Tender Funerals, a not for profit affordable community based funeral service focused on empowering and educating our community to become more involved in the process of organising a funeral and caring for the dead.

I am involved with Dying To Know Day because I am passionate about educating people about death.  D2KD encourages the sort of community engagement that I love to see and all around a subject that I am so interested in. I have been a funeral director for 8 years now and find that people are starting to be ready to talk about death, and these events are the perfect opportunity to encourage that and teach people something in a way that engages our community. I want to see more and more information out there for people.

I believe in being the change that you want to see in the world. The change that I want to see is more death literate people so I do what I can to help contribute to that, like being a part of the Dying To Know Day Leadership Group.

Andrea Grindrod is the Health Promotion Officer at La Trobe University’s Palliative Care Unit.  Andrea is engaged principally in developing partnerships, programs, research and policy that build capacity in Victorian communities on issues concerning death, dying and loss.  Her role incorporates public health approaches to end of life care, advocating for and supporting disadvantaged and marginalized populations, as well as creating compassionate communities. 

Andrea Grindrod is the Health Promotion Officer at La Trobe University’s Palliative Care Unit.  Andrea is engaged principally in developing partnerships, programs, research and policy that build capacity in Victorian communities on issues concerning death, dying and loss.  Her role incorporates public health approaches to end of life care, advocating for and supporting disadvantaged and marginalized populations, as well as creating compassionate communities. 

Julie Hassard

Julie Hassard