SPEAKER: Zenith Virago
Zenith lives in Australia and is the EO and founding member of the NSW Charity, the Natural Death Care Centre. Co-author of the book The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and subject of the international independent documentary, Zen & the Art of Dying, and patron of the Good funeral guide, UK.
Zenith is at the forefront and a leading pioneer of dying well, family led body care, meaningful and appropriate ceremony, and informing and educating communities to reclaim and be empowered before, during and after death.
Often seen as a maverick she offers a hybrid of truly traditional ways blended with a more contemporary understanding, encouraging people to take their dying, death, after death care and ceremony back into their own hands and hearts, even in cases of sudden death and trauma.
With a legal and community background, she is a seen as a community resource, assisting people to know and reclaim their legal rights, and co-create their own social rites of passage. She has been working towards more holistic cultural change in approaches to better and continual end of life and after death care for well over 25 years.
Known as a Deathwalker, an educator and a celebrant, she shares the subtle and obvious layers involved, offering guidance, support and care to inform, enable and empower people to be as informed, open and courageous as they can, and to experience their dying and their loss in the best way they can. Simply, she accompanies and guides people in their losses.
She now works, speaks and teaches both nationally and Internationally, and her work may best be summed up as assisting people to die well, and for those left behind to have a healthier bereavement, as they move into their healing with no or few regrets.
Creator of the Vagina Conversations event, a fundraiser for Womens services, consisting of women telling their own vagina stories. Feminist, Dyke, swimmer, liver of life. 2021 Byron Citizen of the Year.