Rest Assured series returns to Sandgate Cemetery for 2020

New Sandgate Cemetery manager Steve Lanske said the Rest Assured seminar series plays an important role in the organisations care and well-being program and is another example of how the not-for-profit cemetery actively engages with the community.
New Sandgate Cemetery manager Steve Lanske said the Rest Assured seminar series plays an important role in the organisations care and well-being program and is another example of how the not-for-profit cemetery actively engages with the community.

A series of free seminars that encourages people to talk about end of life matters and the sensitive topics of death and dying will continue this year following a successful pilot.

Launched in 2019, the Rest Assured series is a joint initiative between Sandgate Cemetery and Newcastle Compassionate Community.

This year's program includes presentations around grief and loss, advance care planning, music and art therapy, memoir writing, tips on providing care at home, doula work and services, and general end of life matters.

Newcastle Compassionate Community advocates Jeanette Lacey and Ruth Boydell will present the 2020 Rest Assured program seminars with the first, 'Still dying to talk - Continuing the conversation', being held at Sandgate Cemetery from 5pm on February 26.

"People continue to struggle socially, culturally and personally with the concept of starting healthy dialogue around the many and often complex concerns associated with dying and death," Ms Lacey said.

"These issues are too significant to be ignored and it is really important for us to engage and encourage these types of conversations.

"Across the five planned seminars we'll be providing some insight around how to best approach such sensitive issues with family, friends and other important people in our lives."

The next seminar in the series, 'Art Therapy', will be held on April 29 followed by 'Providing care at home' on June 24, 'Death memories' on August 26 and 'End of Life Care' on October 28.

While seminars are free to attend, spots are limited and bookings are essential. Phone 4968 3602 or email info.sandgate@nmclm.com.au.

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