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Saturday

your Registration to the symposium includes all of the below - All Talks, Demos & the Saturday Soiree Concert

Daily Schedule 

September 21-23 ~ Toronto, Canada
  • 3pm: Opening Blessing & Welcome
  • Cultural Grief & Healing with Kenn Pitawanakwat 
  • THE ART & SCIENCE OF DYING WELL - MUSIC, LEGACIES & COMFORT CARE PROGRAMS WITH RUSSELL HILLIARD
  • Ask a Mortician - The Good Death, From Around the World with Caitlin Doughty
  • DEMonstrations & Exhibits: Before I Die, Grief Keening Installation
  • Market Place Open from 2-7pm
  • GRADUAL AWAKENING BOOK LAUNCH WITH MILES NEALE - At ITM 553 Queen ST. West - 7pM





In many ways, women

are death's natural companions. Every time a woman gives birth, she is creating not only a life, but a death. Samuel Beckett wrote that women "give birth astride of a grave." Mother Nature is indeed a real mother, creating and destroying in a constant loop. 
Caitlin Doughty 

7-9:30pm (Meet & Greet Begins 5:30pm)
MORNING (9am-12pm)
  • 9AM: The Home Funeral - Sustainable, Creative, Meaningful Options at the End of Life with Jerrigrace Lyons 
  • Choices at the End of Life: exploring legalities and ethics with Nino Sekopet
  • Meaning, Mindfulness and Grief & Bereavement: How Grief can Transform Our Lives, Give Us Meaning & Purpose with Dr. Sameet Kumar
  • The Sacred Art of Dying with Kenn Pitawanakwat, Mutamba Rainos, Dr. Sameet Kumar, Jerrigrace Lyons, Kunga Sherab 
Afternoon (1-4pm)
  • 1pm: How to Love, Live and Die: A prescription for facing death with Kevin Toolis
  • making meaning of life, and of the end of life with Stephen Jenkinson
  • death market place open 9am-4pm
  • Celebration Closing Ceremony 





Saturday Soiree & Concert

9am-4pm (Market Place Opens 8am)

As a Delegate, Your ticket Gives you entrance and participation in all the above presentations, demonstrations, book launches and Saturday Evening Concert!

9am-3pm (Market Place opens 8am)
*MEET & GREET LOCATION: L'Espresso Bar Mercurio : 321 Bloor St W, Toronto, M5S 1S5 
NIGHTS OF GRIEF & MYSTERY & LAMENTS LOCATION: 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Friday

Morning (9am-12pm)
  • 9AM: Reconciling Life & Death with Dr. BJ Miller
  • CULTURE, SPIRITUALITY, MENTAL HEALTH AND END OF LIFE - THE SACRED JOURNEY WITH DR. SUZANNE STEWART
  • Frontline Life & Death Work ​with Dr. James Maskalyk
AFTERNOON (1-3pm)
  • 1pm: Your Expiration Date ~ 'Don't Wait' for a diagnosis to transform how you live, with Jeremie Saunders
  • Humanity & Social Justice at the End of Life - Where Medicine Meets Compassion with Jeremie Saunders, Dr. Naheed Dosani, Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Dr. James Maskalyk, Dr. Simon Colgan
  • death market place open 8-3pm


2pm-7pm (Registration & Market Place Opens 2pm)  
Saturday evening is a night dedicated to the hauntingly beautiful music of traditional Irish Keening, Zimbabwean Mbira Ancestral songs, and  profound and poetic storytelling and readings woven intimately with musical accompaniment. This is a night not to be missed! Mingle, meet and enjoy an evening of outstanding entertainment and a celebration of all that death and life have to offer. 
  • Keening (Traditional Grief/Laments) & readings with Kevin Toolis & SIne Mckenna 
  • Mbira Ancestral Music with Mutamba Rainos from Zimbabwe
  • A Night of Grief & Mystery - World renowned performance  by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins Band

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