Jackie Dunn

  A couple of years ago I helped my friend Jackie with her Advance Plan before she went off travelling the world. In October 2018 she received a terminal diagnosis, and when I spoke to her shortly after, she said how thankful she was that she’d done her plan because she now wouldn’t have the …

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An Invaluable Funeral Planning Tip Can Work Really Well For You, Too!

I frequently give public talks, but I don’t see many of the people who attend afterwards, so sometimes I am left wondering what parts – if any – of my information has ‘stuck’ with people. So, it was with true pleasure that I heard this week from someone (I’ll call her S) who attended one …

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A Peaceful Death

I am going to call the person I was privileged to have spent 3 months with Ron and change some of the details to respect his privacy.  Ron was a divorced man with 3 adult children 1 boy and 2 girls. His Son and his young family lived in Australia.  His two daughters were living …

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Training to Be a Doula

After enrolling on the Foundation course my thoughts immediately began to turn to the training, as I wondered how on earth I would be trained to become an End of Life Doula. Little did I know this training was going to change the direction of my life. Throughout the course of my varied career I …

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Advance Planning for life until the very end

Over the years I’ve had sadness, belly laughs, nostalgia, regret, transitory deep and meaningful conversations about death and dying. With friends and people I love we’ve had wine-fuelled banter and sober dialogue. We’ve speculated on: dramatic, rock star endings, what to have as a last supper (mine’s a 1970s style prawn cocktail followed by crème …

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