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"Co-Designing The Funeral Of The Future"
Join us for
a panel discussion you won't want to miss!

Picaluna is proud to present our latest inspiring, informative and educational evening for funeral professionals. Be part of the discussion and debate with our six guest panellists, who are all leaders in their respective fields:

  • Ruby Lohman

  • Issac Leung

  • Dr Annetta Mallon

  • Sarah Tolmie

  • Clare Smart

  • A/Prof Ronika Power

There'll be lots of time for Q&A, plus the opportunity to network with fellow Funeral Celebrants and Planners.

**** PLEASE EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS  FOR THE PANEL TO    social@picaluna.com    ****

A canape dinner and arrival drink are included in ticket price.

Book now - this will be a popular event and places are strictly limited.


Ruby Lohman
Ruby is the founder of Death Dinner Party, a series of events in Sydney and Melbourne that bring people together to talk and learn about death. Born in 2015, Death Dinner Party creates intimate spaces – both in the real world and online – that aim to inspire and empower. Ruby is also a freelance writer and editor, journalist, content strategist and funeral director’s stepdaughter. The first car she ever drove was a hearse. She has long been fascinated by death and funerals, and believes it’s time to reclaim the knowledge and rituals we’ve given away to institutions, and re-learn how to die and grieve well.

Issac Leung
With a career background in derivatives trading with Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, Issac moved back home to Sydney in 2014 to establish his own business in a more niche field; the coffin manufacturing. Today Scientia has offices spanning across NSW, VIC & QLD together with exclusive distribution rights for reputable brands from Italy & Indonesia. While it potentially is a customer driven market for families at need, choices and options in purchasing coffins and caskets were limited to the Funeral Director that looked after the family. Partnering with Costco, a global wholesaler and retailer at affordable prices, Issac is slowly changing the traditional way families purchase coffins and caskets. At the same time, this changes the way Funeral Directors function to offer choices and transparency to families at need. The Greenature range is a new line, created by local artisans in Indonesia and is fast becoming a popular choice in Australia for families looking for an eco-friendly choice.

Dr Annetta Mallon
I am an End Of Life Doula providing guidance, support, planning and information about both human and companion animal end of life options. I specialise in End Of Life planning, secular/atheist services and ceremonies, Fabulous Going-Away Parties, and support for Elder Orphans; events are pet-friendly/pet-inclusive wherever possible. I am a professional speaker and writer, as well as an artist – whatever your ideas or wishes for your memorial project. I worked in three countries as a somatic psychotherapist, specifically in the areas of grief and loss, injury and trauma recovery, and personal growth and development, so I am a seasoned grief and support practitioner. As I have a medical background I am able to assist you in understanding your options for medical/vet-based care, as well as for home-based options. I am available for listening, advocacy, vigiling, support with End Of Life planning options (including advance planning / AHCP) for NSW, and liaising with your network for memorial and event planning.

Sarah Tolmie
Sarah is an end-of-life consultant, bespoke funeral director and holistic celebrant. Sarah assists individuals, couples and families to celebrate, navigate, heal and grow through life & love’s milestones, rites of passage, challenges, changes, crises and losses. Sarah brings a unique set of professional skills and services to support individuals and their families as they pathway through the practical, emotional and spiritual journey of illness, dying and death. This includes 13 years as an independent funeral arranger and holistic celebrant; qualifications in grief & bereavement counselling; and practise in clinical pastoral care (including 4 years as a non-religious hospital ward chaplain). Sarah can also support families with in-home vigils and after death body care and rituals. And just to keep life busy and interesting, Sarah is also a Marriage Therapist, Love & Relationship Educator, Mentor and Coach.

Clare Smart
Clare became a young widow and single parent to two children under five years of age when her husband died from brain cancer in 2012. She then supported her family and her father as he declined and then died from early onset Alzheimers in 2017. Caring for and farewelling the two most important men in her life gave Clare a consumer insight into the shortfalls and limitations of most offerings in the palliative care and funeral service provider space. The funerals for her late husband and father were moving, connecting, beautiful, fitting events yet she does wonder now if Picaluna had existed at the time, if she had been more death and funeral literate and if she hadn’t been so exhausted - what would she have done differently? Her blog https://rainbowsandrollercoasters.com shares some of these stories and the emotion-full experiences of caring, grieving, solo parenting and dating again. Clare is a funeral celebrant, a grateful yogi and every day finds colour, strength and joy by playing at the beach or simply admiring a flower.

A/Prof Ronika Power
Ronika Power is an Associate Professor of Bioarchaeology in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, an Honorary Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London and one of the 30 inaugural Superstars of STEM for Science and Technology Australia. Ronika’s research methodology is Biocultural Archaeology, which takes data derived from scientific analyses of human bodies and interprets it in conjunction with all other forms of archaeological and historical evidence to provide meaningful insights into the community structures, health, life-ways and world-views of individuals and groups from the past. Ronika has worked with diverse international populations: from early Holocene hunter-gatherers of Kenya; to megalithic temple builders of Neolithic Malta; multi-period cemeteries across Egypt; and Late Anglo-Saxon English child burials, to name only a few. Ronika has a particular interest in the curation, display and scientific and cultural analyses of mummified human remains from across the world, but especially those of ancient Egypt.


At Picaluna, we create beautiful funerals, helping families to find a better way to say goodbye.

We are a network of caring and professional independent Celebrants and Planners creating authentic meaningful, family-led farewells. We do death differently by aiming to revolutionise the funeral industry; offering more bespoke experiences underpinned by total price transparency. We also give back by donating 10% of our profits to a charity or cause nominated by the family.

Not registered yet? We'd love you to join us! It's free and easy to join, and we give you a free Celebrant profile on the Picaluna website. Sign up here: http://www.picaluna.com/#!/register

You can also join our Facebook group.

UTS Aerial Function Centre

235 Jones Street Ultimo Sydney 2007, Australia

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Organiser Information

Greg Inglis
Picaluna Pty Ltd
0438 470 013

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