About the author

Lisa Herbert makes conversations about death and funerals less awkward. 

She is an author, journalist and audio producer, cemetery wanderer, death awareness advocate, blogger and public speaker. A media professional for more than 20 years, Lisa has worked as radio broadcaster, a TV reporter and producer.

Her interest in western society’s perception of death and dying was sparked as a teen after reading the books of renowned psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The works, inspired by Dr Kübler-Ross’ work with terminally ill patients, were groundbreaking at the time. Never before had the emotional needs of the dying been given attention by the medical profession.

It’s now more than 50 years on and many people are still reluctant to talk about the inevitable. However, while researching The Bottom Drawer Book, Lisa found that once the discussion began people opened up and gave their mortality some measured thought. All they needed was someone to initiate the discussion. And that’s where The Bottom Drawer Book comes in, openly and respectfully starting the conversation.

In the media

In conversation with author Lisa Herbert
A ‘Dying to Know Day’ webinar
Coffin-swapping allegations prompt calls for better regulation
ABC News
Baby boomers and death doulas
ABC News
Talking about death will not kill you
A podcast with Lisa Maree Hunter
Lisa Herbert is dying to talk
An article by Palliative Care Australia
It’s your death… book it in
Northern Daily Leader
Action plan after death
Hunter Valley News
Dying to know: 22 things you didn’t know about death and funerals
The Carousel
Checklist before dying
Janine Fitzpatrick’s blog ‘Shambolic Living’
How to cope with depression, death & grieving for someone you don’t know
The Carousel

Popular in front of a crowd

A sought-after public speaker, Lisa is an enthusiastic and engaging communicator. You’ll be surprised at her ability to make a somewhat confronting issue into a fun, interesting and thought-provoking session – and your attendees will soon be chuckling about a subject they never thought would be up for public discussion.

Are you looking for a dynamic keynote speaker with a unique and refreshing perspective? Or perhaps you’re after a workplace engagement activity to reaffirm the value of each employee and their story. Contact Lisa to discuss her availability for your next conference or event.

Studio 10 appearance

ABC News Breakfast interview

Funeral planning, cemeteries, graves and their forgotten stories

Explore The Bottom Drawer Book’s blog, by Lisa Herbert.