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December 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday December 21, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia

Join us on Wednesday 21st December at 10.30am in our Port Macquarie Library for an inspiring discussion with author Karon Coombs. Karon will read from her book The Grief Journey, share stories and affirm ‘why we never die alone’.

Karon is a registered nurse who specialised in palliative care and oncology.  She has been a nurse educator for the past 20 years and has also spoken at many state, national and international healthcare conferences on grief and bereavement.

Her extensive knowledge in this area is both professional and personal. Karon has had to deal with the loss of one of her own three children. After her son Dashiell died, she created an award-winning documentary to educate healthcare professionals about providing better care for bereaved parents in order to improve their bereavement outcome.  Karon created systemic change that continues to have a ripple effect today.  She is passionate about supporting bereaved people to make their grief journey easier.

Karon is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and Nepean Therapy Dogs. Her own Moodle is a therapy dog.  She facilitates workshops for the bereaved and people diagnosed with a terminal disease as well as offering one-on-one sessions.  Karon has studied how art can help people to heal and incorporates it into her work.

In her spare time she loves to dance, something she’s done since she was a child.  Karon believes in giving back to the community and is also a volunteer for Gateway Family Services, Community Smiles and Shared Reading NSW.

The Grief Journey

‘If you’re thinking “oh great, another book to tell me how to grieve” then you couldn’t be more wrong. Karon Coombs draws on her personal journey and extensive professional experience with grief to present a compelling, healing and utterly human paean to the infinite mysteries of grieving.

Instead of providing a should and shouldn’t map, or a theory on stages, she interviews prominent people about their real experiences of loss.

The book and (Karon’s) generosity is in allowing the stories to breathe. She doesn’t crowd the interviewees or put their experience through a pre-fabricated model/theory. Instead she curiously and non-judgementally probes their experiences, and then follows wherever the conversation take them.

The result is a vastly diverse collection of stories that represent the limitless manifestations and individual journeys through the grieving process.

Whether you are grieving yourself, know someone who is or are just interested in learning more about it, this book will give you wisdom, insight and support. We thank Karon for the time she has taken to put this amazing resource together.’ Christopher Smith | CEO, Shared Reading NSW.

 

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Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia
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