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Death is a subject that will affect all of us at some point but which is not often discussed.

Our cultural lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and services available to people who are dying and also to their families. It has impacted our ability to die where or how we would wish and it also means that we do not make ‘good consumers’ when the time comes to make funeral arrangements.

We devote a large part of our time to raise awareness for end of life choices and to encourage discussion. This might be through Death Cafes or participating in events organised by groups such as Conscious Living Expo, Dying to Know Day, Enviro Festivals, People Who Care and Have a Go Day Expos.

We do this because we believe that if people talk and plan in advance about dying, death and bereavement it will help to resolve any number of issues which may arise when the time comes.

These could range from alleviating expectations and possible family arguments about what the ‘proper’ funeral should be, to keeping the family out of debt, to feeling proud in the knowledge that your loved one has had the death they wanted.

Death Café is an international movement started in Europe in 2011. At a death café, people, often strangers gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death in a relaxed and open setting.

A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group only, rather than a grief support or counselling session.

There is no intention of leading people towards any particular conclusion, product or course of action.

In Western Australia monthly death cafes are meeting in:

We believe funerals provide an important opportunity to support those in our community who are in need of help. So, when you book a funeral with Gift of Grace we will donate a percentage of your funeral costs to a charity of your choice. Call us now on 1300 856 862 to talk about a cause you may be interested in supporting.

So how do I choose a good charity?

It really comes down to which causes matter to you most, and which organisations you think will be the most effective.

Some of the licensed charities we love are;

However, if you feel you would like to look at further options, search via the link below to display a complete list of the licensed charities in Western Australia.
www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/list-licensed-charities

Within the Perth area, the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) is responsible for managing the Fremantle, Karrakatta, Pinaroo, Midland, Guildford and Rockingham Cemeteries.

www.mcb.wa.gov.au/our-cemeteries

Crematoria chapels are within the Fremantle, Karrakatta and Pinnaroo Cemeteries.

Natural Burial Grounds

Are available in the Fremantle and Pinnaroo Cemeteries. They have been created to offer an eco-friendly burial as a place for quiet reflection in an informal setting. They both have their own distinct character where natural revegetation and wildlife are encouraged to thrive.

For more information please refer to www.mcb.wa.gov.au. Go to our cemeteries/Fremantle/natural burial.

Our Gift of Grace team would be pleased to assist with any funeral services beyond the metropolitan area. Please feel free to ring and chat with us about your plans.

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