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Rebecca Lyons

Independent Funeral Director

Bec hails from the Blue Mountains in NSW but made Tasmania her home in 2006. In 2011 she found her path into the funeral industry and stayed there until mid-2017. During that time she worked across many roles in the contemporary funeral industry, including pre-planning, administration, mortuary, funeral arranging and directing. Retraining as an End of Life Doula and becoming an independent Funeral Director, she has worked in home-based death care and family-led funerals ever since. Bec also actively works to advance the mission of You n’ Taboo, which is the education and advocacy service she co-founded with her partner in 2016.

In 2018 Bec was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake international research and report on ‘the human relationship to death and ceremony through alternate technologies and approaches’. Since her return, she has become the President of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and has formed the new Australian Home Funeral Alliance.

The subjects of death and dying, natural burial and the DIY approach to death care are her passion and she loves being out in the community raising awareness and promoting good honest conversations; she is a dedicated advocate for positive change.

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