The Sydney Gay Meditation Group will hold a talk on December 6 by Dr Rogar Cole, an oncologist and palliative care physician who has been caring for the terminally ill for the last 24 years.

Cole will talk with sincerity and humour on the topic of ‘true love’.

Cole helped establish the first dedicated AIDS Palliative Care unit at Prince Henry Hospital in 1986 alongside Professor John Dwyer, and cared for many gay men and their partners.

He became Associate Professor of Palliative Care for the Illawarra region between 1992 and 2010. During this time he wrote three books. Mission of Love became an international bestseller, published in the United States, Brazil, Latin America, Poland, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. The book’s opening chapter recounts Cole’s experiences providing HIV care.

He has published articles on grief repression in breast cancer, caring for people with advanced AIDS, symptom control in palliative care, meditation for health professionals and spiritual care of the dying.

The talk is at the Meditation Space, 99 Crown St, East Sydney. Arrive at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. Cole will speak for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute meditation.

Every other Tuesday, the Gay Meditation Group meets at the same time and location for a free guided meditation session. Newcomers are welcome.

INFO: Join the ‘Meditate Gay Sydney’ group on Facebook.

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