Get Real: Talking mental health & disability

Loss, grief and coping over Christmas with Funeral Director Kelly Scott

November 30, 2022 The team at ermha365 Season 2 Episode 71
Get Real: Talking mental health & disability
Loss, grief and coping over Christmas with Funeral Director Kelly Scott
Show Notes

NOTE: This episode contains discussion of death, grief and stillbirth. Listener discretion is advised.

There’s a lot of reasons why Christmas and the New Year can be difficult, stressful and affect our mental health.

Our guest for this episode is Kelly Scott, the current Victorian President of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and also its National Senior Vice President.

Kelly is the General Manager of T J Scott & Son Funeral Directors based in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria – it’s a family business, which was established by her great-grandfather Thomas John Scott in 1938. She works alongside her father John Scott, and brother Daniel and has been in the profession for more than 25 years.

Kelly sees grief and loss up front and works with people during the most difficult time of their lives. 

We thought she’d offer insightful living experience of the how the Christmas and New Year can be a particularly tough time. And we were interested to know more about how funeral directors play a role in supporting individuals and communities. It’s an area of support that may not be front of mind when we think about mental health and wellbeing.

If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • 13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)


Produced and hosted by Emily Webb, ermha365 Advocacy and External Communications Advisor with Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO ermha365.

ermha365 provides mental health and disability support for people in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

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