Having been through my fair share of bereavement and attended quite a few funerals and memorials in recent years, the ways in which we understand and enact grief and loss the rituals we use to deal with it all have been a subject of much musing for me. And now the amazing Victoria Spence is involved in this research project about such things:
‘Community Undertakings is a collaboration between Port Kembla Community Centre and the 2011 Diploma in Community Services class at Shellharbour TAFE. The purpose of the research project is to better understand community attitudes and knowledge as well as their experiences in relation to end of life and funeral practices. End of life is the term we will use throughout the survey to describe all of the processes involved in managing a death, including arranging a funeral; legal aspects, body handling, and internment or cremation , preparing a body and then the ceremonial aspects of a funeral.
We really value the information you provide, as it will be used to inform the establishment of a not-for-profit social enterprise in the Illawarra and Sydney.’
The survey is available online for the next two weeks, so please complete it if you can.