Death Cafe profile for Melissa Halliday


Location: Australia

http://www.heartandsoulcelebrations.com/

About Melissa Halliday:

Singer, celebrant, yoga teacher and seeker on the spiritual path; I believe that talking more fully about death encourages us to live more fully in life.


What brings you to Death Cafe?

I'm interested in connecting and supporting those who wish to talk about death without fear of judgement in a safe and inspiring space 


What would you like your legacy to be?

To write a series of books that honour the Aussie perspective on death and dying in a humorous, no nonsense way and inspire the nation and the world to speak lovingly and with ease about death and dying as a natural part of the process of living; and encourage individuals and families to have end of life conversations and resources that heal, uplift, connect and transform all participants and ensure that the dying and the living feel heard, valued and accepted.


Thoughts for sharing:

Death is just another side of the coin to life and without exploring what death means to us we have no linguistic currency to truly articulate what life means to us...


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Melissa Halliday's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Feb. 27, 2017, 9:59 p.m.


Some courageous participants talking about the ordinary and extraordinary around end of life and how much easier it is to talk about death when you get to practise in a safe space like this; feedback expressed the hunger people have to talk about death and dying but the lack of safe forums to do it and their gratitude they can come to something like this. We looked at a range of areas from what to write on a Sympathy card (most agreed that people are generally just grateful you are holding them in your thoughts and don't want your opinions or pity so you don't have ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Jan. 19, 2017, 4:27 a.m.

Fascinating discussions this November Death Cafe that ranged from the issues of being cremated with mercury fillings that pollute the atmosphere to being buried in a mushroom suit that breaks down toxic chemicals and other forms of body disposal that are sustainable from being made into liquid fertiliser or dried through processes such as aquamession/promession to being buried with a tree seedling in an organic pod that breaks down over time; spoiled for choices we are now!

 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Jan. 19, 2017, 4:17 a.m.



With Melissa Halliday (me)

July 15, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard time - Sydney)

Free


I am running this Death Cafe with End of Life Conversations in mind; it is the fifth I have run and gets more interesting each time! I prefer to keep ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Jan. 19, 2017, 4:10 a.m.



With Melissa Halliday (me)

Feb. 25, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard time - Sydney)

Free unless numbers require venue hire donation


I am running this Cafe with End of Life Conversations in mind; it is the fourth I have run and gets bigger and better each time! I think some people ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Oct. 20, 2016, 10:45 p.m.



With Melissa Halliday (me)

Nov. 19, 2016, 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard time - Sydney)

Free


I am running this Death Cafe to provide a safe, comfortable and intimate place in inner west Sydney to speak freely on death, life and end of life matters over ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Aug. 4, 2016, 10:18 p.m.

Thanks to all who attended last Sunday: provocative, life affirming conversations on topics as broad as addressing the disconnect and missed opportunities at end of life- families struggling with moving from hope that a cure will be found/ disease prevention and all the medical interventions that can entail to accepting the opportunity for quality of life in the precious time still left and filling it with love and happy memories or simply the chance to bring peace..... A paediatric doctor gave her take on this whilst medical students gave us hope in the system of the future with doctors that were more compassionate in outlook and in the ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by Melissa Halliday on June 21, 2016, 12:08 a.m.



With Melissa Halliday (me)

July 30, 2016, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard time - Sydney)

Free


Hi there; this will be the the Death Cafe I have run and there is always something to learn and dicuss to keep the conversation around death alive....so come ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe, Newtown, Sydney

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Oct. 14, 2015, 6:10 p.m.


A small but positive start.

Run in my own home so a comfortable environment and people commented how the Chai tea was a winner!

Discussion was open and freeflowing. Topics ranged from a 21 year old American male discussing the suicide of a room mate and the impact on him, how he now deals more proactively with depression in colleagues to let them know they have options and relief of being able to speak about it to others. Another attendee was older and death literate, had experienced breast cancer that sharpened her awareness in this area.  She clarified the importance of end-of-life discussions in creating normalcy in this ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Newtown, Sydney

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Oct. 14, 2015, 5:58 p.m.



With Melissa Halliday

Nov. 3, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Sydney (Eastern Standard time))

Free


Those interested in placing conversations around death and dying off the taboo list and back in normal, healthy conversation are invited to join me on Tuesday 3rd for a relaxed ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Newtown, Sydney

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Sept. 4, 2015, 12:41 a.m.



With Melissa Halliday

Sept. 7, 2015, 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. (Sydney (Eastern Standard time))

Free


Those interested in placing conversations around death and dying off the taboo list and back in normal, healthy conversation are invited to join me next Monday for a relaxed cuppa ...





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