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It’s important to talk about death

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July 28, 2017

U3A will host it's Melting Pot at Chittick Park this week

Let’s face it, death is inevitable.

That’s the confronting but real topic of U3A’s next Melting Pot on Tuesday.

There’s no escaping the reality of our mortality, yet the belief that it’s morbid to speak about death can prevent us from experiencing fulfilment in our later years.

It is possible to reframe death and dying as part of life, making it easier for everyone.

Seymour and District U3A will highlight this in a presentation by internationally-certified compassionate communication trainer Cherie Scott at its monthly Melting Pot presentation for August.

The presentation is open to everyone and it is hoped that many people will attend to discuss this important topic and enjoy a social afternoon tea following the talk.

As a mentor to carers, companion of the dying and funeral celebrant, Ms Scott is the ideal person to lead this important discussion.

Death is a powerful rite of passage that in one way or another has a major impact on us all and Ms Scott has discovered that exploring our relationship with death actually influences the quality of the life we live now, as well as the legacy we leave.

She will share her experience of painting her mother’s coffin, which brought three generations together, creating more acceptance of the inevitable and bringing some fun and joy into an otherwise challenging area.

The meeting will also hear from Len Fidler, whose coffin was built at the Seymour Men’s Shed.

This promises to be a rich and rewarding session.

The talk will be held at Chittick Community Place at Chittick Park in Seymour at 1.30pm on August 1.

Everyone is welcome. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Afternoon tea will be served.

— Bob Brown, U3A president

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