Planting seeds of healing for lost loved ones

By Marlene Jennings

SHEDDING light, heart and soul on dealing with the grief of losing a loved one is the driving theme behind a new production by the Maleny Players.

Community group Tying Up Loose Ends (TULE) is holding a fundraiser on Sunday May 8 at the Maleny Playhouse to raise funds for a heart-shaped Grief Garden adjacent to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

The production, ‘Let’s chat about your ultimate demise through comedy and conversations’, tells three short stories by Maleny playwrights Lynne Hume, Jill Morris and Sharon Hirst.

TULE is a unique group of individuals whose aim and passion is to improve death literacy, offer holistic support and share resources for those touched by dying and grieving within the community.

Its statement is doing “Death differently by educating the community with connection and compassion”.

The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and Flexi School in conjunction with TULE, plan to create a community garden adjacent to the centre’s Bicentenary Lane location.

Flexi School teacher Joanna Rickards said the garden would be beneficial as a part of their Wellness program for students who have lost friends, family, and other students.

This place of healing would be brought to life through the coordination of TULE and visual artist Christine Elcoate.

TULE is also raising funds to establish a website for Sunshine Coast and Hinterland communities to access resources when needed.

Tickets to the Maleny Players production are $20 (afternoon tea included) and available at or by contacting 0409 470 822

Sharon Hirt
Lynne Hume
Jill Morris