The Natural Death Centre Inc. is a non-profit Incorporated Association located in the Byron Shire, Northern NSW, Australia.
We are currently a small, passionate organisation and a beautiful work in progress! We are modeled on the UK NDC, and are part of the great global wave of demystifying and reclaiming death.
This is a healthy and growing movement of people and organisations who are working for a more natural and empowering approach to death, dying and disposal of the human body.
Like many other organisations for social change we are fledgling, unfunded and run by volunteers who have a passion and commitment to offering a better quality of living and dying.
Amongst our aims are:
- assisting people to take a more natural approach,
- exposing and dispelling myths,
- encouraging people who want more involvement,
- providing clear and useful information, advice and referral,
- offering options, education and preparation,
- opening dialogue and offering assistance to achieve a more beneficial experience,
- support for those who wish to conduct a more meaningful, personalised and appropriate ceremony.
A short film clip on 'doing death differently' that won the people's choice award at Screenwork's 'Life's a Pitch' event in November 2007. Produced by Michael Balson, Jennifer Lalor and Zenith Virago. With special thanks to Disha, Peter, Tony and their loved ones.
*Please note that there are images of death that may not be suitable or culturally appropriate for some.
During the last century death has become the domain of the funeral industry, which has grown considerably and is often shrouded in secrecy.
Some people are quite satisfied with the status quo of the funeral industry. For others during the past several years change has been underway. Many people have begun to have more understanding and involvement in the processes of dying, death and disposal.
Just as many people have chosen a more natural lifestyle, they also choose to have a more natural death style.
Now as we, our parents, partners, or children die, some are wanting to embrace the death and funeral process in ways that reflect how we lived our lives.
On the North Coast, with the rapid growth and variety in population there has been a very healthy approach to the dying process and ceremony that is needed at the time of death. We have reclaimed many aspects and simply won't settle for less than meaningful and appropriate.
We are mindful that death is a very natural and sacred part of the cycle of human life.
It is our desire to assist individuals or communities who also wish to be involved in reclaiming and achieving a healthier approach to death, including its inherent challenges and profound opportunities.
Death done well, allows for a much healthier individual, family and community.
The Natural Death Centre web site is generously hosted by Quantum Jelly.