Speaking and Workshops


From my passion about how we engage with death, and end-of-life matters, I offer informative talks for all manner of organisations and groups.

We can discuss possibilities, including my sending an outline of my address ahead of time.

Poetry: ‘A Quiet Hour’
A presentation and discussion around death through my poetry – a gentle way to touch into an area that can be challenging to think about.


Getting Familiar with Death and Dying
A weekend workshop or series of classes.

See more here, or content can be designed to meet the needs of a particular community of group.

What makes for a Satisfying Funeral?
one-day workshop

See more here, or create your own unique workshop in collaboration with me.

The Simplicity Slot
Prepared originally for radio, these 5-6 minute offerings on living simply provide great discussion openers. 

Ways to live without clutter is another theme I am very happy to speak or provide workshops on.

Death Cafes 
Increasing awareness of death with a view to making the most of life.
I guide and facilitate communities, funeral homes etc to run their own Death Cafes

I am based in the Nelson/Tasman area. Please also be in touch if you have a group interested elsewhere in NZ


Kind words


Margaret is very professional and dedicated; she is totally reliable and takes the time to find out exactly what your requirements are before the event. She is very personable and genuinely creates a reaction of interest in those listening.
David Williams, Head of Goldsmith Management Centre, Letchworth, UK

Getting Familiar with Death and Dying workshop series

Has completely changed my view on death – now have comfort.
Participant (Wellington High School Adult Education course)

Incredibly well thought out, delivered and inclusive. The pace was perfect – time to really absorb the theme of the class, and reflect, and respond between us.
Margaret always had time to consider our input/answers, and welcomed questions and the natural ramble we would inevitably take. She is a true expert on the subject of death and dying. What I found most valuable was Margaret’s quiet and knowledgeable presence and kindness. I would highly recommend the course to anyone. So much to gain from this supportive and friendly setting.
Participant (Wellington High School Adult Education course)

The book was just absolutely fantastic! Essential material to a course like this.
Participant (Wellington High School Adult Education course)

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