As many of you know I have left my nursing career to help create
a culture of change so we can do better, live well, grieve well and die well.
And I am so excited to say that, I have truly met my tribe!! From September 21st
to the 23rd, 2018, I attended the inaugural Death Symposium in Toronto, Ontario.
It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life!
Over 300 people attended and speakers from all around the world, who have
the same passion and purpose. And the incredible founders, Sun and Ramona’s vision for this symposium was:
It's a movement to explore and
change how we reconcile life & death.
An innovative gathering of some of the most influential, stimulating and inspirational minds and change-makers; from teachers and authors, to
end of life care providers on the ground, to traditional healers from
North America and beyond. We gather to learn, experience and reconcile
our relationship and understanding of life and death.
And truly, that is exactly what this incredible experience was. We learned,
we gathered, we supported each other, we laughed we cried; it was
life-changing. They also said: We have brought together some of the most
sought after speakers and visionaries.
They certainly did. I cannot even name them all but here are a few:
BJ Miller—you must see his Ted Talk, Caitlin Doughty, who shared her experience of observing funerals from around the world and how we need
to create change, Kenn Pitawanakwat; author, cultural grief specialist and
he shared his blessing and his book on his journey of when his son died--
beautiful, wonderful soul. Stephen Jenkinson spoke and also entertained
us with his musical band (along with others) Saturday evening, and so many
more. There was also Dr. Naheed Dosani, who co-founded PEACH;
Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless.
We talked about natural burial, home funerals and how we can create a
culture of change. So I encourage you to learn about the speakers, look at
the Death Symposium page. Together we can do this! I am more excited
about than ever. I am so grateful to the founders, to all who attended
and to everyone who is out there being a change-maker. This takes many
voices and action, but we can do it. We can do much better to live well, grieve
well and die well. Thank you so much, everyone. See you next year!!!
Learn more about the speakers here
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Transformational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp movement.
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