Join the conversation around
doing death better

A one-day community conference that brings together people and services to share resources, learn, and connect about death and dying.

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Deathly Matters  showcases emerging voices and perspectives not readily found within the mainstream dialogue.  We welcome you to this opportunity to learn from others, ask questions, and share experiences in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere with a community of people who are also committed to doing death better.

  We are grateful to be hosting this day on the traditional lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.

a selection of our 2019 speakers and presenters

Join us for a full day of speakers, workshops,
and a community information showcase of services and resources.
More offerings continue to be added, so please continue to check back.
We are thrilled to have these folks offering their wisdom and experiences.

Penny alport

End of Life Ceremony and Ritual

Sachi Tamura

Keynote Address

Linda Hunter

That Which Lasts - Leaving our Legacy

Chris Benesch

Green Burials and cremation

 Jennifer Mallmes

A Buddhist Perspective on Death and Dying

Don Morris

A First Nation's Perspective on Death and Dying

Chelsea Peddle

Promoting Health Equity at End of Life

Chelsea Peddle

Death Over Lunch - A Conversation Circle

 Jennifer Mallmes

The Role of Death Doulas

Chelsea Peddle

Getting Comfortable with Death

Don Morris

Home Funerals and Body Care

Shauna Janz

Joining our Ancestors

a creative collaboration

We are the founders of Sacred Grief and Dying with Grace. We have both been taking part in these important conversations through our own businesses. We are pleased to meet you, and honored to bring this event to our community.

Shauna Janz - Sacred Grief

I am passionate about creating community and nurturing our ability to grieve well and reclaim holistic and ritual strategies for healing. I founded the Victoria Holistic Death Care Community in 2017, and am thrilled for this inaugural Deathly Matters.

I believe it is through our shared experiences of pain and loss, and by providing spaces to connect on these things, that we can nourish a deep sense of well-being – physically, mentally, emotionally, culturally,  and spiritually.



Since 1997 I have been supporting loved ones through end of life and for the past few years, I have been part of a conversation around ‘doing death better’. I operate from a place of kindness and compassion.

I believe that saying farewell in a heart-centered and meaningful way is our final gift to those we love; honoring the life they lived and the legacy they leave.