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 23rd, 2020

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.


Our hearts are filled with GRATITUDE 

for the more than 130 beautiful souls who joined us on

May 25th, 2019 for our inaugural Deathly Matters – A Community in Conversation

Some beautiful captures of our 2019 event 
Big thanks to Chelsea Kanstrup and Paper Heart Films for the wonderful video!
Big thanks to Niki Campbell of Light Your Fire for the great photos! 
Mark your calendar for MAY 23rd, 2020 for next year’s Deathly Matters 


Obstacle Course with John Close and Andrew Langford
Live from the 2019 Deathly Matters Conference. 
Six beautiful speakers talk all things Deathly 

Obstacle Course with John Close and Andrew Langford  
A few weeks post Conference, Shauna and Linda talk about Life and Death

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.