By her mid-40s Julie Hassard had walked with loved ones to their deaths, arranged five funerals for family members, struggled significantly along the way and learnt a lot about the silences and the systems that surround dying and death.

She believes that through exploring our concerns about death we can cultivate greater confidence and contribute to improving our collective approach towards better experiences of the end of life, dying, death and beyond.

A former nurse with a Master’s degree in Social Science, Julie led many public health programs, campaigns and health promotion initiatives over the past few decades, and worked closely with people living with and dying from cancer. Her Doing Dying Better programs help those working close to life’s end, build their curiosity, courage and their confidence to improve end of life experiences – for the people they care for, and importantly, for themselves.