Saturday, October 31st from 9:00-10:30 am

Opening Ceremony & Keynote Panel 

Arran Liddel, Oceanna Hall, Shauna Janz – Keynote Panel (facilitated by Andrew Langford)
Mourning Stories: An Exploration of Grief, Sorrow, and Bereavement  

10:45 am to 5.30 pm each day (exact timing for each presentation TBD)

Glenn Patterson and Michelle Staples 
A First Nations Perspective on Death, Dying, and Grief 

Lycia M. Rodrigues
What We Can Learn From the Stories of Family and Friend Caregivers – Supporting a Palliative Approach to Carer the Caregiver

Maggi Moreton and Lorna Ross
Hospice and Palliative Care – Understanding a New Language at End of Life 

Pashta MaryMoon
By My Own Heart and Hand – Home Funerals and “Last Wishes”   

Shauna Janz
Getting to the Heart of It – Supporting Healthy Grief Expression

Ashley Mollison, Katie Leahy, Bernice Kamano, Katie Thorne 
Developing Compassionate Inner City Communities 

Chelsea Peddle
Getting Comfortable with Death: A Checklist for Personal Care and Comfort Wishes 

Rosanne Beuthin, Oceanna Hall, Mona Mork
MAID – Understanding and Navigating Medical Assistance in Dying  

Penny Allport
The Ecological Footprint of Death – Your Living Legacy

Closing Ceremony & Guided Meditation each day  

Saturday and Sunday

Virtual Community Information Showcase   A wealth of Death and Dying resources and services including a Munro’s Book Table

Grief Narratives   Stories of Our Shared Experience – A photographic exhibit by Josh Neufeld 

At Life’s Door – A Portrait Project on Mortality by Iris Moore, along with a selection of her films.  

Musical Interludes  A selection of healing Handpan sounds from Sylvia McAvany , and Guitar tunes from Lisa Bosman  

Virtual 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 5000 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  virtual counselling support which will be available as a resource to attendees, providing support and counsel as needed throughout the day.  


 Our Community Information Showcase  offers a selection of death and dying resources and services

We are  pleased to include representation from community members and organizations from various locales




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