Before & After.Life

Loss takes us wild places

We possess the profound capacity to metabolise sorrow into something medicinal for our soul, and the soul of the community. The skill of grieving well enables us to become currentto live in the present moment and be available to the electricity of life.

Francis Weller

Hello, welcome.

This is the human work of connection, belonging and participatory communities.

Caring, deathing and grieving skilfully humbles us, it builds and fortifies bonds - It unites people.

With the right supports and literacy, families are more deeply connected, communities are vibrant, and workplaces are highly productive.

Building capacities in caring, deathing and grieving is an antidote to loneliness and isolation.

The quality of our lives depends on how well we do this work.

Practical supports, education and facilitation for people, families, and groups.

Term courses, workshops, community meets and retreats.

Online/In-Person // Bundjalung Country, NSW

All genders, backgrounds, cultural perspectives and faith traditions are welcome.

End of Life / Death Care • Grief Tending • Home Death Care • Compassionate Community Care • Grief Ritual Leadership • Home Hospice Volunteer • Advocate.

Next: 3-5 May 2024

$175 - Commence March 2024

Coming soon

$350 + 40pp

$125 /hr

This work is available to all, if you are a pensioner,

student, low income earner contact me for details.


Dogs Cuddled Together on the Bed

Pet Loss Meet Up

March Date TBC

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Kangaroo Paw Flower

Grief Retreat - 2 nights

May 3-5

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1 Day Grief Workshop

March Date TBC

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and places

to be human

Honest work.




Round Grey Rock

Hard things-

it’s in our


CARING IS CONNECTION // Accompanying people and families through life-limiting illness, sudden death, dying and bereavement. Any age, stage, phase.

DEATH IS LIFE // Enter into a relationship

with death and dying that is informed, prepared, makes possible; moving from a place of fear and unknowing towards insight, choice and sovereignty.

GRIEF IS LOVE // Honour safely and bravely that which has passed from you. Dismantle dominant cultural norms to explore alternative narratives and experiences. Grief can be generative. heartening and life-giving.

Re/claiming vitality

through connection and loss

The vulnerability and fragility of being human is paradoxically, our strength. Our threads and bonds can be re/claimed to fortify us in

this time, and the times we are on

the precipice of living into.

What is most difficult - that which is hard, stuck and static - can be liberated.

In cultivating our will for noticing, feeling, and expressing, we can move with what is hard.

Let us not swallow, let us instead throw open our throats, unlock the locked, loosen the hard and come into right relationship with the dark.

We may discover that instead of being thrown to the beasts or into a pit, we meet with a portal from which we can travel the expanse of our wholeness.

Spider Web on Black Background

Uncle Magpie said

when we pull

one thread

everything moves

When we move in the

same direction.

Volcanic Rocks

Term Program

7 weeks

Commences March 2024


Next: 3-5 May


1 Day

Grieving together when

you would rather not,

is wretchedly uncomfortable.

Do it anyway.

harvest moon rising

3-5 May

Kangaroo Paw Flower

We open the closed, loosen the tight, soften the hard; we do not swallow, we open our throats.



Explore generative and life-giving possibilities within grieving. This is not group psychotherapy; it is the work of belonging, kinning, tending; a mingling of the human, the mystery, poetry, movement, journalling, story: a re/imagining of living with loss and love.

Said the tree ...

If I was wounded, would I cease to blossom or continue growing out

my limbs?

Emma Beattie

Hello, welcome. I offer practical supports, education and facilitation for people, families and groups - workplaces and communities.

I am part of a wave of people and movements, dedicated to social justice and change. Reimagining and co-creating a spaciousness and reframe on how we care, live, die and grieve, together.

This work is an antidote to the epidemic of loneliness and isolation.

The more challenging parts of being human are often left untended. It feels vital - necessary and life-giving -to create spaces and places for our humanity to be expressed.

Caring, dying and grieving can be isolating and lonely - it can be different.

Trained. Supervised. Mentored.

Caring. Deathing. Grieving // What is offered is not psychotherapy. It is the work of being human. Grief work need not be pathologised - grief is older than we are. Caring, deathing and grieving is the work of communities.

Please note I am well supported and supervised. I have colleagues and mentors, am under Gestalt Psychotherapy supervision and apply myself to ongoing training.

2020 Death Walking and Celebrancy

Natural DeathCare Centre: Zenith Virago

2020 Death Dying & Grief Culture

Griffith Uni, (High Distinction)

2020 Last Aid. Caring for the Dying at Home

Byron College, Amitayus Home Hospice Service

2020 - Current Hospice Volunteer

Amitayus Home Hospice Service

2022-2023 Support Worker & EOL Companion


2023 Member of Palliative Care NSW

2023 Foundation Workshop

Preparing the Way

2024 Member of NDAN

Natural Death Advocacy Network

Advaya - Thrive Member

2023 Statement of Attainment, CHCAGE005

Dementia Australia

Provide support to people living with dementia

2023-2024 Entering the Healing Ground: Francis Weller

Grief Ritual Leadership Training

Drift Wood

“Slow and down are movements

of the soul.” Michael Meade

May we be forest-floored.

May we take root.

“Thank you for your love, kindness, wisdom and care in supporting me through Dad’s transition. It all really meant a lot to me that you cared so much. Thank you.” GD

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This work is real, raw and transformative. It

is a truthful meeting place for all of our parts, It is a homecoming to belonging.


I pay wholehearted respects to Bundjalung Elders past, present and emerging;

I acknowledge their continuing connection to, and custodianship of - land, water, sky and Culture. In your company, I live in reciprocity with the lands on which I walk and work, swim and star wonder.

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