Good Green Death Forum

The Good Green Death Forum

Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Williamsburg Cemetery
1541 Fischer-Hallman Road
Kitchener, Ontario
N2R 1P6

The Good Green Death Forum is taking place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Williamsburg Cemetery Dedication Centre from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Attendees will get a chance to view a couple of Ted Talks and participate in panel discussions afterwards. Attendance at this event my be used toward continuing education or professional development for BAO personal licensing renewal.

The first video will be A Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet TED talk with Caitlin Doughty. Caitlin is the founder of the Order of the Good Death, owner of a funeral home in Los Angeles, and author of two books – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and From Here to Eternity, both exploring death attitudes and practices and promoting death positivity.

Panel participants for this portion are:

Trisha Bradshaw – Manager of Cemeteries, City of Kitchener
Bryce Crouse – Cemetery Manager, City of Waterloo
Marion Willms – Thanadoula and RN practicing in community nursing, owner of Departure Nurse
Ellen Newman – Licensed Funeral Director, Board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada and co-instigator of the Good Green Death project.

The second video will be Let’s Talk about Human Composting TED talk Katrina Spade Urban Death Project. Katrina Spade is the founder and executive director of Recompose and has a background in anthropology and architecture. She hit on the idea of human composting when designing a composting heating system for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

Panel participants for this portion are:

Susan Koswan – Instigator, Good Green Death Project
John Kloeze – Owner, Actium Composting

To finish off the afternoon, at around 2:40 pm, we invite participants to stay and take part in our Death Café. Death Café began in 2011 and was founded by John Underwood and Sue Barksy Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. Over 5,000 Death Cafe’s have taken place around the world since then. The first one in Canada took place in Vancouver in 2012. What is a Death Cafe? According to DeathCafe.com: “…people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. (The) objective 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.

The facilitators of the Death Café will be:

Jessica Purple Rodela – Minister, Grand River Unitarian Congregation
Michele Cadotte – Lay Chaplain, Grand River Unitarian Congregation

The event is free, but requires registration. As of writing, registration is full, but there is a waiting list. Send a note via the contact page indicating you wish to be put on the waiting list. We will let you know with as much advance notice as possible.