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Photo op: End of Life Expo shares perspectives and processes on death and dying

One-day event features a ‘quiet room’ where participants can view traditional and ecologically-friendly coffins, caskets and urns.

November 03, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies and the Seniors Lifelong Learning Society will host an End of Life Expo showing and discussing end of life preparations and resources.



The free event will feature speakers on topics ranging from medical assistance in dying, legal documents and considerations, multicultural and diverse religious perspectives on death, and a to-do list before and after someone dies. A ‘quiet room’ will also show coffins, urns and caskets in traditional, simple and ecological varieties.



  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.



  • SFU’s Harbour Centre campus
  • 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver



  • According to Statistics Canada, 278,501 Canadians died between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 (38,107 in B.C.).
  • There are 2,043 funeral businesses operating in Canada.
  • According to the Globe and Mail, all baby boomers will be over 65, and the oldest will be in their mid 80s, by 2030.



Mark Smith, coordinator for the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program, will be available for interviews regarding the End of Life Expo.

Photography and videography will be permitted inside the quiet room.



For over 45 years, Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University has been offering flexible learning opportunities to adult students of all ages. In addition to public lectures and events, SFU Continuing Studies delivers hundreds of courses and a wide variety of professional certificate and diploma programs online and at SFU's campuses. 



As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded more than 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 150,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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