Beth O’Brien Founder
  • Certified Thanatologist
  • Death Education Counsellor
  • Marriage/Funeral Celebrant


After 25 years studying, researching and working with people who were experiencing loss and grief I discovered a strong connection to work with people in this area.

Four years ago, I became a Certified Thanatologist – “Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement”. This is an international accreditation with The Association for Death Education and Counseling.

In my work as a marriage and funeral celebrant it has been my privilege to work with people on the most important and memorable days of their lives. I own an Australian registered training organisation called Australian Celebrations Training

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Discovery and Sharing . A Path to Healing
Author: Beth O'Brien | Dec 28, 2017

What to say to a grieving person

This is probably one of the most common things people ask me, “what do I say?”   Kelly from her blog has made a quick list. Handy tips about what to say instead of a cliche. This works well for many situations not just bereavement. Posted by Chasing Dragonflies blog on Tuesday, 19 December 2017  

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Holding aged hands
Author: Beth O'Brien | Dec 11, 2017

The fear of dying in pain

Yesterday “The Conversation” webpage which is known in Australia for its academic rigour and accurate research posted a story called, “No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die“. Often people avoid seeking palliative care until quite near their death, not knowing the wonderful help they can receive from Palliative Care teams.  It is not […]

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Author: Beth O'Brien | Dec 11, 2017

Dignity Therapy training

I just finished the formal training for Dignity Therapy with Dr Brenda Bentley at Murdoch University.  From the course material here is the description, “Dignity Therapy is a life review psychotherapy where people document important memories and leave messages for their loved ones.  It focuses on creating a legacy document to alleviate end-of-life distress.” Dr […]

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I always imagined that there were no set stages to how a person travels through their individual experience of grief. But one thing that remained common as an experience was that as a person you have changed, and you can’t ever go back to the previous version of yourself, after loss and grief. I then began to see that through people’s loss, their also became some gain.

People seemed to have the ability to become more than they were, because of their pain and wisdom. A renewed version of themselves. Sometimes something unexpected is born. From this locus, I began thinking that grief moves and changes like seasons. I saw summer as growth, autumn as change, winter as loss, spring as renewal. The images of trees have always appealed to me.

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