Schedule

Saturday, November 5, 2016

We are pleased to bring experts, suppliers of services and merchandise and proponents of environmentally friendly death care together to inspire, inform and empower. Visit our Speakers and Exhibitors pages for detailed information on each speaker, exhibitor and workshop facilitator.

Time Event
10:00am - 10:15am WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS – ELLEN NEWMAN
10:15am - 11:30am Keynote Panel

ECO CREMATION & BURIAL – NATHAN ROMAGNOLI
Nathan will speak about his focus in this area, and will go over some of the options consumers can ask for.

HOME FUNERAL GUIDE - BARB PHILLIPS
Barb will identify the reasons behind the home funeral movement and how it is connected to “home funerals” as well as illustrate ways that home funeral guides, death doulas, etc can work with families and more traditional funeral providers to provide more meaningful, family centred care.

GREEN BURIAL SOCIETY OF CANADA - MARK RICHARDSON
Mark will address the setting of standards for membership, and share his knowledge of trying to establish a green cemetery in the City of Niagara Falls.
11:30am - 12:00pm CELEBRATING A UNIQUE LIFE IN UNIQUE WAYS – DEBBI CALLANDER
Debbi is a Lay Chaplain with the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga and will speak on her experience in co-creating unique and meaningful celebrations of life and memorials. Her talk will focus on unique and creative ideas to add meaning, dignity and beauty to even the most simple choices.
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH
Simple soups and sandwiches will be available to purchase at a very reasonable cost, or participants are welcome to explore some local options to eat.

THRESHOLD CHOIR – SINGING THROUGH LIFE
Singing through Life will perform some of their most popular pieces to provide comfort and beauty at the end of life. A threshold choir sings to the actively dying.
1:00pm - 1:30pm THE HOME VIGIL – MARION WILMS: The Departure Nurse
1:30pm - 2:00pm THE STATE OF PALLIATIVE CARE – TRACEY ROBERTSON: Home Hospice Association
2:00pm - 2:30pm PLANNING A HOME FUNERAL – BARB PHILLIPS: Thanadoula and Home Funeral Guide
Barb will be covering the key elements in a family-directed home funeral and highlight the benefits and challenges of participating in this important end-of-life rite of passage. Learn legal and practical requirements and learn about planning and carrying out this act.
2:30pm - 3:00pm ESTATE PLANNING - BARBRO STALBECKER-POUNTNEY, LAWYER
Barbro will answer questions like: What is a Power of Attorney and why would I need one? What happens if I die without a Will? I have no next of kin, what do I do? and more.
3:00pm - 4:00pm MINI DEATH CAFÉ - Hosted by THE DYING WELL COLLECTIVE
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The nobjective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafes are always offered on a not for profit basis in an accessible, respectful and confidential space with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. Just over 3000 Death Cafes have taken place September 2011.