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Know Before You Go: practical, honest conversations about death

  • 22 Jan 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Learnary
  • 6



What’s the one thing that connects us all, when we get right down to it?  The one and only thing that we can be absolutely guaranteed to have in common is our mortality: we were born, and one day, we will die.  Our cultural and personal disconnection from this beautiful fact shapes how we move through our lives, and it definitely shapes how we will manage our own deaths, and the deaths of those we hold dear.

Join us or a drop-in workshop series to explore everything you need to “Know Before You Go”. These facilitated discussions are designed to allow everyone from drop-in participants to devotees to engage with our topics in meaningful ways. Every session will be 90 minutes long, incorporating a guided discussion and question/answer period.

Christa Ovenell is a community-based educator with a lifelong commitment to service, hospitality, and education. Her serpentine career path makes a colourful tapestry: from tiny restaurants to huge hotels to top ranked Canadian universities, from motherhood to a Masters degree, she has stitched together a beautiful life.  She is currently designing her most beautiful tableau: normalizing the notion of death in our society, by making it something we all want to talk about.

Spring 2020 Topics:

Jan 22  The end of life essentials: What does it mean to “have our affairs in order?”

This discussion will explore your questions about starting to plan for the end of life, for yourself and your loved ones. Please note: this session does not include legal advice.


February Topic: How we live, how we die: Can we take steps to ensure alignment?

March Topic: Spring cleaning/death cleaning: Is the "life-changing magic of tidying up" even more life changing when we add dying to the mix?

April Topic: How to host a will party: everything you need to know about the importance of never, ever, ever dying without one.

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