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Webinar to discuss indigenous ceremonies and rituals

A highly-respected indigenous cultural advisor and advocate will share important insights around the “sacred circle of life, our humanity” during a webinar this month. 

CEO and founder of the Gaimaragal Group Susan Moylan-Coombs is set to outline how First Nations People practice ceremony to honour birth, life, death and the afterlife. 

On Wednesday 28 April, she will discuss these topics during her “Rituals around death and dying – Indigenous and cultural perspectives” presentation with Rest Assured. 

“Indigenous traditional ceremonies and rituals create greater understanding,” she said.

“As this understanding increases, we learn to recognise the significance and contribution of these traditional ways in the contemporary world we live in.

“At Gaimaragal, we believe the philosophies and teachings of the Original Peoples of this land, the way of life that has sustained us for tens of thousands of years, is worth sharing and, in doing so, create a new story of connection and wellbeing for all Australians.”

Susan’s ancestry is Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. 

She was taken at birth from her mother and father, who were also removed as part of a government policy; these children are today known as the Stolen Generations.

“My very personal and shared experience gives me a unique insight into grief and loss,” she said.

“As we are the oldest living culture on the planet, I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and perspective as part of this important conversation.”

Susan has extensive experience working with First Australian communities nationally, and has held positions of executive producer at ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and head of production at NITV.

She is also a founding board member of PTSD Australia New Zealand (Fearless Outreach), sits on the board of COTA NSW (Council on the Ageing) and is a member of a number of Northern Sydney community organisations.

Rest Assured is a joint partnership project between Northern Cemeteries and Newcastle Compassionate Community. 

The free webinar series aims to create and provide a safe and supportive environment for people to discuss sensitive issues around death-related matters including end of life planning, death and dying, grief and loss.

Registrations for the webinar are essential and can be made at Eventbrite.

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