HOLDING SPACE - Celebrating the Circle of Life 2024

HOLDING SPACE - Celebrating the Circle of Life 2024

DATES FOR 2024 HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED 
Friday night meet and greet 17th May 5pm-9pm
Saturday 18th May 2024 and Sunday 19th May 2024
Saturday night dinner 

The following speakers have been confirmed for 2024
  • Libby Moloney - CEO Natural Grace Holistic Funerals - "Guiding Hearts: A Natural Approach to Bringing Loved Ones Home for Vigil and Ritual"
  • Annie Meredith & Claire Turner - Manaaki Mats "Does Deathcare belong in Healthcare?"
  • Sarah Carberry - The Farewell Trust
  • Annette Western & Johanna McCamish (Te Whatu Ora) - Assisted Dying Service
  • Gillian Boyes - FDANZ (Funeral Directors Assoc of NZ) CEO
  • Coroner's office representative - details to follow
  • Averill Waters - The Grief Centre - "Supporting families in early grief'
  • Elisabeth Price - PHD student -(Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy, School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, Faculty of Education and Social Work) - updating us on her research on ‘Classroom conversations about death – the knowledge and perspectives of Aotearoa New Zealand teachers on preparing primary aged students for encounters with death’.
  • Sally Cant - CEO/Founder The Celebrants Training College - "Crafting Compassion: Mastering the Art of Thoughtful Funeral Ceremones"
  • Panel Saturday - participants TBC

We have also booked The Cadence singers once again. We were thrilled to have them at our 2023 conference. They are an amazing group who sing at the bedside of dying people - and we believe offer great comfort to all who can hear them.

Who can attend this conference? Anyone who is interested. It's open to all celebrants, death doulas, people in the death and dying space. If this is your first connection to The Celebrants Training College - Welcome! Our conference topics are designed for Celebrants, Doulas, Students, Funeral Workers and interested parties on funerals and death care.

The outcomes from this conference will be: professional developement, a chance to collaborate with peers, enjoy lots of fun with a huge amount of inspiration and motivation added into the mix.

Accommodation can be booked directly by calling Parnell Hotel -They offer a special conference rate

Conference Details

Event Date Saturday 18 May, 2024 - 9:00 am
Conference End Date Sunday 19 May, 2024 - 5:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Location AUCKLAND The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
Fri 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Meet and Greet

THE AGENDA WILL BE UPLOADED SHORTLY
Come along and meet other our staff, speakers, other delegates and sponsors. Canapes are provided free of charge - drinks are at your own expense.

Sat 8:00am - 8:45am

Registration

Please register early, share in a cuppa, check out the trade tables, find a seat and get ready for a magnificent day. Tea/Coffee will be available from 8:00am

Sat 8:45am - 9:00am

Karakia/Welcome/Housekeeping

Yvonne Adele, our Emcee, will welcome everyone and let us know any housekeeping that is required

Sat 10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Tea

Time to share in a cuppa - or perhaps get some fresh air. Time for networking and checking out our trade tables.

Sat 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch

Time for lunch - please let us know any dietary requirements in the booking form

Sat 3:15pm - 3:30pm

Break

A quick chance to stretch your legs and grab that last cuppa

Sat 4:30pm - 5:00pm

Round Up

Sally will round up the day

Sat 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Gala Dinnner

Gala Dinner is optional and open to guests as well as those attending the conference. All proceeds for our fund raiser dinner will go to a chairty yet to be named.

Sun 8:00am - 8:50am

Registration

Please register early, share in a cuppa, check out the trade tables, find a seat and get ready for a magnificent day. Tea/Coffee will be available from 8:00am. If you have attended Saturday there is no need to arrive early for day two - unless you want to. Tea/coffee will be available from 8:00am

Sun 8:45am - 9:00am

Karakia/Welcome/Housekeeping

Yvonne will welcome everyone and let us know any housekeeping that is required.

Sun 9:00am - 10:00am

Elisabeth Price - Conversations About Death

Elisabeth Price - is a doctoral student at the University of Auckland. The title of her research is ‘Classroom conversations about death – the knowledge and perspectives of Aotearoa New Zealand teachers on preparing primary aged students for encounters with death’. She has been a primary school teacher in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and here in Aotearoa New Zealand for over twenty years and she has never been given any advice or professional development on how to talk about death with students.

Death is certain for all and it is also inevitable that as we progress through life we will be faced with the death of someone close to us. Yet for certain societies and cultures, death continues to be a taboo subject that is not openly and comfortably discussed. Much has been written about how to support those who have been bereaved, but it appears that less has been written about preparing children for future encounters with death.

Through weaving together the model of te whare tapa whā and the four dimensions of education about death, this research aims to identify what the current situation is in terms of talking about death within Aotearoa New Zealand primary classrooms. The study also seeks to explore how the teachers within these settings feel about preparing their students for future experiences with death. In addition, this research will investigate the current approaches that are available to support and assist children in coming to terms with death and bereavement.

Sun 10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Tea

Time to share in a cuppa - and perhaps get some fresh air. Time for networking and checking out our trade tables.

Sun 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

Time to take a break, enjoy some fresh air, network, check out the trade tables, and generally 'chill'.

Sun 3:00pm - 3:15pm

Break

Sun 4:30pm - 5:00pm

Round Up

Yvonne and Sally will round up the day - and the conference

Sally Cant

CEO

Sally has a been an authorised celebrant since 1995 and has been training celebrants since 2001. Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (Australia and NZ) Sally has a CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608 and a Graduate Diploma of Celebrancy and a CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116 - She is the author of The Heart and Soul of Celebrancy  www.conversationsaboutdeath.com.au/ and The Ultimate Funeral Guide 

Sally is very active in the Death and Dying scene and is a Board member of The Willow Tree Foundation, Compassionate Hearts of the Bellarine, H.E.L.D. Holistic End of Life and Death Care

Her topic for this conference is: ‘Crafting Compassion: Mastering the Art of Thoughtful Funeral Ceremonies’ 

Elisabeth Price

Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Elisabeth is a doctoral student at the University of Auckland. The title of her research is ‘Classroom conversations about death – the knowledge and perspectives of Aotearoa New Zealand teachers on preparing primary aged students for encounters with death’.

She has been a primary school teacher in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and here in Aotearoa New Zealand for over twenty years. She has never been given any advice or professional development on how to talk about death with students. Elisabeth will share her research with us.

Yvonne Adele

Celebrant - IT Guru - Emcee

With 15+ years as a leading MC and Speaker, Yvonne is a recognised authority on the topics of Productivity; Digital Marketing & Innovation. Yvonne intuitively understands the key elements (big and small) required to maximise audience learning and impact, and has the skills to inspire action.

Yvonne began her career with Microsoft Aus, UK + USA training tech-support and education teams. Armed with this deep wealth of knowledge and experience, she returned home on a mission to help people learn to love technology. She invented the Ms Megabyte persona leading to a national media profile and best-selling book. This national profile led to invitations for corporate events. Working so closely with event teams and corporate leaders Yvonne naturally began consulting in many of these businesses and now brings this diverse, rich and abundant well of knowledge back into her presentations.

Gillian Boyes

CEO

FDANZ (Funeral Directors Association of NZ) CEO - Gillian joined the industry following a career including financial services, Government and communication consultancy roles. Most recently she led investor capability efforts at the financial services regulator, the Financial Markets Authority. “The Funeral Directors Association aligns closely with my values of the need for empathy and support of all New Zealanders.” said Ms Boyes.

Gillian will update us on the newly released Funeral Industry Trends Report, changes in the industry and any insights that might be helpful from the Association. 

Annette Western and Johanna McCamish

Clinical Advisors

Annette Western and Johanna McCamish- Assisted Dying Service (Ministry of Health)
Annette and Johanna will attend to update us on current laws around Assisted Dying. They will also answer any questions we might have.

Johanna McCamish is a registered nurse. She graduated from Whitirea Polytechnic , Porirua Wellington 1991. Johanna holds a masters in nursing having completed a dissertation. Johanna has worked in many areas building a solid nursing foundation. These predominantly were in the surgical speciality working as  a clinical educator, a co ordinator, and a pain nurse specialist.  Johanna currently works at Te Whatu Ora as a principal clinical advisor.

Libby Moloney

Founder and MD

Libby Moloney is the owner of Natural Grace Holistic Funerals. She will lead a workshop around taking a person home post death, and allowing the family to hold vigil in anyway that is comforting for them.

Founder and Managing Director of Natural Grace, Libby’s role is to nurture and develop our team and our business as we strive to provide authentic, sustainable and beautiful funeral care to our community. As holistic funeral care givers, Libby and her team will gently and respectfully walk alongside you on this important journey. Our goal is to ensure you have all the information you need to make empowered decisions and ultimately experience a meaningful and beautiful day to honour your family member or friend.

Libby's topic is: Guiding Hearts: A Natural Approach to Bringing Loved Ones Home for Vigil and Ritual

Annie Meredith

Owner

Annie Meredith/Claire Turnham

Annie is leading the national roll-out of the Manaaki Mat project across Aotearoa, NZ. She is also a Funeral Celebrant and End of Life Doula offering her services supporting people in the Tairāwhiti region. She loves this special work and her background in education brings the skills of listening, organisation and patience. She supports people at all stages of life and helps with life legacy and reflection work, memoirs, advance care planning and funeral and deathcare guidance. She has hosted workshops for her community including Age Concern, Hospice Tairāwhiti, and can speak on a broad range of topics about death and dying. Her goal is that all people are aware of their options around deathcare and she is passionate about sharing information. Annie currently lives in her hometown of Gisborne, New Zealand with extended family. She is the mother to Rosa and Eve.

Annie and Claire will present: Does Deathcare belong in Healthcare?

Sarah Carberry

Farewell Trust
Sarah is a Soul Midwife and Amicus Mortis (Companion to the Dying). She and Jann Hook set up the Fare-Well Trust. They formed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hospice Marlborough and registered as a charitable trust. Fare-well Trust has a purpose built facility in the beautiful Mahau Sound available as an Assisted Dying Unit for you and your whanau to build memories before and including the final day.

Their amazing Fare-Well team has grown to provide a gentle, loving and caring service to those who want to end their days at home in the Marlborough Sounds. They aim to:
  • Provide support and care for the family and close friends during the patient’s illness and in bereavement
  • Being there with you and your loved one in those final hours if needed
  • Help with planning your end of life wishes at any stage of your life
  • Providing the family with options for transportation of the deceased, funeral preparations or cremation services
  • Massage including Lymphatic Drainage
  • Overnight Respite
  • Funeral / memorial or cremation services on request

Averill Waters

Grief Centre

Averill is a qualified and experienced counsellor and supervisor. She has held positions in a range of organisations, including schools, universities, and many community organisations. She has been Chair of Highbury House, a National Executive Member of Playcentre, and the secretary of the Auckland Branch of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). Averill has presented at a range of conferences and has published several papers on counselling practice and cross-cultural perspectives. She places a high value on respect, compassion, and social justice - values that underpin her work.

Qualifications - B.A. Master of Counselling (with first class honours); Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling (Supervision); MNZAC (Registered Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors)

Averill will speak to us about on 'Supporting families through early grief"

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