Posted by HISCSydEast

Hosted by Sutherland Library/Home Instead Senior Care Sydney East


March 19, 2020

Start time:

6:30 p.m. (AEDT)

End time:

8:30 p.m. (AEDT)


Sutherland Library

30-36 Belmont St

Sutherland NSW Australia





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About this Death Cafe

This is a free event and will include light refreshments.  Every attendee will be  offered a "take home goodie bag" with relevant information to read afterwards shoukd they wish.

It is a debranded event and is not a platform for promoting business.  Rather it affords attendees the opportunity to gain information, participate in discussion and access appropriate service providers.

About Sutherland Library/Home Instead Senior Care Sydney East


Jayne Humphreys joined Willis & Bowring Solicitors in October 2018, bringing with her over 20 years experience in law.   Over the course of her career Jayne has developed a reputation as a highly skilled, professional and compassionate lawyer, working closely with clients and their advisors to achieve their objectives for the future.

Jayne is a full member of STEP - the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners. Her expertise includes:

Wills & Estate Planning

§  Jayne can advise on estate planning strategies for individuals, couples and families and assist with the preparation of will structures to avoid disputes and implement clients’ testamentary wishes efficiently and tax effectively.

§  Working closely with accountants, financial advisors and other professionals Jayne can advise on certain aspects of estate planning that are not covered by a will including jointly owned assets, superannuation interests and existing trust entitlements.

Planning for the Future

§  Jayne can advise on the importance of making an Enduring Power of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring Guardian (in NSW) to appoint someone to assist with decision making in the future.

§  In the event of dispute regarding decision making Jayne can assist with applications for guidance and orders from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal Guardianship Division (previously known as the Guardianship Tribunal) and assist with mediation of decision making conflicts.



Tender Funerals is a not-for-profit funeral service that offers choice and transparency in delivering personalised, meaningful and affordable funerals in times that can create financial or emotional distress.

Every person is unique, and their funeral should reflect this. We provide a range of services across after death care, funeral/celebration arrangements and body disposal options – many based on sustainable principles – which enable you to have a much greater say in how your loved one is treated after death.

A community venture, we operate in ways they do not leave community members with large debt. We don’t take shortcuts and always put people and relationships first.

We encourage practices that promote healing, including participating in any aspects of the funeral processes should you chose. For those who want to participate in this last significant rite of passage, it can be an enriching and life-affirming experience. Or, should you prefer, we can care for your loved one on your behalf.

Community Empowerment and Education

Tender Funerals is part of a community movement towards reclaiming the rites around death and dying. Offering education around your rights and responsibilities and the opportunity for open conversation, we hope to empower people to take control of their dying, their deaths and their funerals.


The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians, the community sector and the general public to deliver the Australian Government’s national program to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia.

The OTA leads the implementation of the national program in the collaboration with, State and Territory Medical Directors, DonateLife Agencies (one in each state and territory) and hospital medical and nurse specialists in organ and tissue donation. These people and organisations comprise the DonateLife Network.

The OTA was established in 2009 and operates under the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008, (the Act). The OTA is an independent statutory agency within the Australian Government Health portfolio.


Kim Somerville is an End of Life Doula. Her role is to be a non-medical presence for the dying person, as well as their family and loved ones. She provides support, education, compassion, and options, allowing the individual to have their death unfold in alignment with their wishes. She believes every person should feel safe, supported & guided during this important transition. 

She has 15 years of experience working as an Enrolled Nurse within a Palliative Care Hospital and loved this work, and it has led me to where she is today.

Whether you or your loved one is planning for a home death, or a death within a hospital or aged care facility, she will work with you to create a calm and peaceful environment. 

She will facilitate open conversations around the end of life allowing a a plan for a preferred way forward. This eases stress, anxiety, and confusion, and allows for a sense of peace and comfort knowing the discussions have been had. She can work together with the client and loved one to ensure all your legal documents are up to date which ensures all your care wishes are fulfilled and known. 

Kim would love to share my experience and knowledge with you, enabling a holistic approach to the end of life. Her mission is to help others recognise death as a natural part of life that can be a very special and beautiful experience.


Martin works for Sutherland Council in the IT area. 
As we acquire more connected devices and social media accounts so much more of our personal information is being saved online. There are photos, videos and posts on Facebook and other social media accounts; years’ worth of emails on Gmail; files stored on Google Drive or iCloud and more. Much of this data will be valuable to the people we leave behind when we go but we often don't think about this in the same way we think about our physical possessions. Ideally, we should all consider what happens to our data after we are gone. Thankfully, some companies are starting to provide controls that allow you prepare for your digital afterlife.

 Karen Buckley - Karen is the Community Engagement Manager at Home Instead Syd East.  She has over 20 years experience in the Aged Care Industry and is committed to raising awareness of relevant issues relating to ageing well and safety and future planning.  Home Instead is reflective of this committment 

Sutherland Library is committed to bringing relevant and pertinent issues to the community in a intimate and non threatening environment



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