(McTavish Academy of Art – Main Lobby)

(Community Hall)
Musical Interlude – Bryony Hulme on Cello   


(Community Hall)
Opening Ceremony

Dr. Rosanne Beuthin – Keynote Speaker  
Cultivating Our Best Death: Respecting Choice 

Community Casket Design Project – An interactive design project inviting attendees to leave their artistic mark on a casket – facilitated by celebrated artist Tracey Farrington of Fusion Artistry  – the project is open throughout the day for contribution and will be gifted in a presentation during the Closing Ceremony.  We are grateful to the McTavish Academy of Art for their generous donation of art supplies for this project. 

Before I Die….  wall –  a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share personal aspirations in public.  Originally created by artist Candy Chang, more than 2000 walls have been created around the world.  The Wall is open throughout the day for contribution. 

*We endeavour to provide a safe, welcome, and comfortable environment and are pleased to include  Sony Baron of Baron Counselling who will be available as a resource to attendees, providing support and counsel as needed throughout the day.  



(Room 1)
Chelsea Peddle
Getting Comfortable with Death – A Checklist for End-Of-Life Personal Care 

(Room 2)
Don Morris
Home Funerals and Body Care

(Room 3)
Sachi Tamura and Glenn Patterson
Multi-faith & Multi-cultural Perspectives on Death and Dying

– A Buddhist and First Nations’ Perspective



(Community Hall)
Community Information Showcase   A wealth of Death and Dying resources and services including a Munro’s Book Table
(Open to the public from 1.30 to 3.00 pm) 

Death Over Lunch  A short, safe gathering using Circle Principles to talk about Death and Dying facilitated by RestSure

(Grand Gallery)
Lunch & Beverage Bar – Bring your own or purchase lunch from the  Island Culinary Concession tent. We are pleased to offer Level Ground Fair Trade coffee and teas in our Concession Tent and grateful for their sponsored offerings in our Speakers’ Lounge.  

Musical Interludes  A selection of healing Handpan sounds from Sylvia McAvany and Guitar tunes from Wayne Briscoe 



(Room 1)
Linda Hunter
That Which Lasts – Leaving Our Legacy

(Room 2)
ennifer Mallmes and Sarah Stromquist
The Role of Death Doulas

(Room 3)
Penny Alport
End of Life Ritual and Ceremony – Bringing Death Home




(Room 1)
Ashley Mollison
Promoting Health Equity at End of Life 

(Room 2)
Chris Benesch
Green Burials & Cremation – Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Death but Were Afraid to Ask 

(Room 3)
Shauna Janz
Joining Our Ancestors 


(Community Hall)
Closing Ceremony  including the presentation of the completed casket and dance performance by Caleigh Hunter of RNS Dance

 We are pleased to be joined all day on the 25th by
Paper Heart Films (Videography)
Niki Cambell Website Design (Photography)
Andrew Langford and John Close from Obstacle Course (Podcast)
Sassona (Sony) Baron of Baron Counselling System


 Our Community Information Showcase is located in the Community Hall
and offers a selection of death and dying resources and services
Open to Conference attendees from 12 to 1 pm, during lunch 
Open to  Community, from 1.30 to 3 pm, free of charge

We are  pleased to include representation from community members and organizations
in our 2019 Information Showcase and at our 
Community Resource Table


Memorial Society of BC


Munro’s Books

Dying With Grace


Earth’s Option 

Sachi Tamura  

Fusion Artistry   

Family Caregivers of BC   

Passage Wellness & Acupuncture    

The Centre for Earth & Spirit Society 

End of Life Doula Association  

Home Funeral Practicum   


Dying With Dignity Canada,
(Victoria Chapter)

BC Bereavement Hotline 

Sacred Grief

Douglas College 

Glenn Patterson  

Moving Ceremonies  

BC Notary Public   

Compassionate Friends,
(Victoria Chapter)

An opportunity to learn, share resources, and simply gain an awareness of the choices that exist around death and dying.