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Adelaide Cemeteries’ exclusive Death over Dinner event returns

This April, Adelaide Cemeteries will be hosting an exclusive event where challenging conversations are reframed into deeply engaging and empowering discussions.

For too long the stigma and taboo around death has been taxing, well that is about to change thanks to Adelaide Cemeteries’ exclusive evening, titled Death over Dinner.

This April 19th, join a team of expert panelists at the Evergreen Community Precinct, Enfield Memorial Park where they will delve into the important topic of breaking down barriers and stigmas surrounding death.

The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks at 5:30pm, followed by the panel discussion and a delectable three-course dinner while engaging with a distinguished panel of experts.

The industry leaders will cover a breadth of subjects, offering invaluable knowledge and insights into end-of-life planning and processes. Inquiries are encouraged, as the panel experts are eager to address them.

The panel will consist of;

Michael Robertson – Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Cemeteries
Michael has been at the forefront of establishing Adelaide Cemeteries as the premier advocate for environmental sustainability nationwide. Under his leadership, groundbreaking initiatives were implemented, resulting in Adelaide Cemeteries becoming the inaugural recipient of international environmental accreditation in Australia.

His vision guided the development of the state-of-the-art Evergreen Community Precinct, a versatile $25 million facility at Enfield Memorial Park. This facility stands as a testament to his commitment to innovation and community engagement.

Michael’s dedication extends beyond infrastructure. He prioritises fostering strong ties with various religious and cultural groups across South Australia, recognising the importance of cemeteries as integral components of local communities. He takes pride in these relationships, viewing them as essential for meaningful and inclusive cemetery management.

Bruce Logan – Civil Celebrant
Bruce has immersed himself in various facets of the funeral industry since 2009, serving as a dedicated funeral celebrant for the past 13 years. During this time, he has had the privilege of supporting nearly 3,000 families, collaborating with numerous Funeral Homes across Adelaide, The Hills, and Murraylands.

Hailing originally from Windsor, England, Bruce has called Australia home for nearly 34 years. He considers it a great honour to be a part of the remarkable funeral industry and is humbled to once again serve as the emcee for this event.

Kate Swetenham, Director of Nursing End of Life Care, Department for Health and Wellbeing
Kate, a registered nurse, holds qualifications in general nursing, psycho-oncology, and palliative care, along with a Master of Science degree. Her research focused on the introduction and implementation of a nurse-led palliative care clinic. She is an active member of the Research Centre for Palliative Care Death and Dying at Flinders University and currently serves as the president of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

In recognition of her dedication to advancing palliative care, Kate received a Nursing and Midwifery travel scholarship in 2011 to study Day Hospices and Rapid Response programs. Subsequently, in 2017, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore end-of-life care strategies in the UK, Ireland, and Canada.

Kate has played a pivotal role in commissioning services to deliver the Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care Measure in South Australia. Additionally, she has provided clinical leadership in the implementation of voluntary assisted dying initiatives.

Thomas Butler Funeral Director/AFDA SA/NT Divisional Councillor, Ivan Butler Funerals
Thomas carries on a legacy as a third-generation funeral director, following the path set by his grandfather and father. It has been his lifelong aspiration to continue this family tradition and become a respected figure in the industry.

Recognising the evolving landscape of the funeral industry, Thomas is eager to embrace change and contribute fresh perspectives. He is committed to introducing innovative ideas and approaches, not only within his own business but also through active involvement with the Australian Funeral Directors Association.

Despite his relatively short career, Thomas is deeply passionate about his work. He cherishes the connections he has formed with people along the way and looks forward to the promising future of the industry.

To conclude the night, there will be an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class crematorium at Enfield Memorial Park, courtesy of Adelaide Cemeteries.

Seating is limited, so secure your tickets early. Bookings close at 5pm on Tuesday, April 16th.

Death Over Dinner
When: Friday 19 April 2024, from 5:30pm
Where: Enfield Memorial Park, Browning St, Clearview SA 5085
Price: $60pp
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