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Helen Dunne – Shrouds



I’m Helen Dunne of Shroud Memento

Shroud Memento evolved from personal experience of making shrouds for my parents when they died, and a need to work in an environment that aligns with my spirit assisting others.

My role is to guide and assist the bereaved with the design and making of a shroud. The methods I offer are achievable for all ages and skill level. The focus is on connecting your spirit to the deceased. A shroud is cloth that replaces clothing, offering an opportunity to be expressive without category or critique.

The shrouds I make, and coordinate families to make, are used: to cover the body of the deceased instead of street clothing; or they can be wrapped around the body when not using a coffin; they can be a keepsake; or a pall (cover over the coffin) during service. Shrouds can be made for the amazing animals when they die who bring so much goodness to our lives.

Creating a design and using craft methods to portray the design onto cloth is done best when the maker’s spirit is open and connected to the moment in which they work. It doesn’t work if you worry whether it is good enough or what others will think. Remember, this is personal gift to the deceased.

Importantly, making a shroud is an opportunity to be involved in the funeral ceremony and to unite with others, or if preferred, work independently.

I’ve worked with people who have: made shrouds to prepare for their own end of life or for the impending life of another; I have assisted the design and making of shrouds during the time between death and funeral service; and I’ve assisted those who are navigating their way through grief several years after a death.

I see the service of shroud making as one that does not adhere to conventional business principals. I follow my intuition on what I want Shroud Memento to be and not to be. There are no locked guidelines to shroud making and I trust the process in how I operate and interact with others.

For more information please go to my website.

  1. shroudmemento@gmail.com
  2. www.funeralshrouds.com.au
  3. 0405 284 612

When you get hold of Helen remember to tell her you have come from The End of Life Matters. She will treat you beautifully 

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Calling All Angels Shroud

Calling All Angels Shroud

Thankfully, we now hear more conversations and professionals speaking about our funeral ceremonies and the problematic lack of conversation around death, such a key moment of Life as is birth.  Death and dying are often categorised as a ‘health’ issue rather than a social issue.   It is not yet deemed a normalcy to talk openly about our own impending death or explore the range of funeral ceremonies and practices.  The traditional tendency for most of people is to leave preparation and decisions up to chance, or on the shoulders of family and friends (should they be beyond decision making) to speak on their behalf often guessing what they think would be right at the time, or with an undertaker or cleric who won’t know the deceased or their history.

When asked about a preference for burial or cremation, or even aquamation, pretty much everyone has a clear opinion about what they want.  Yet if asked, has that been arranged in a personal will or a discussion with family  about pre-death requests, the resounding answer is often no.

Most of us don’t know what choices we can make for a funeral ceremony and parting with our dead.  We don’t know what personal and creative arrangements we can make or ask for when a loved one dies.  Does an undertaker need to e contacted immediately after a life has ended?  Can a person stay with the deceased for as long as they need to say goodbye?  Does a coffin have to be used?  Are traditional cemeteries the only choice for burial places?  So much to share and talk about!

Over a period of a week, (4-9 November) drop in during the opening hours to have a cup of tea, ask questions, share personal experiences and contribute to a free community event that will raise the topic from its hidden enclave and leave ripples of thought amongst visitors to share with family and community.  A community shroud will be created by visitors to the event sewing a couple of stitches, weaving your presences and acknowledging your voice.  We look forward to seeing you.  Peace.

– See more at: http://funeralshrouds.com.au/live-well-leave-well-2/#sthash.TQ2ylEth.dpuf