End of Life Expo 2017 Agenda
Please note that seats for the presentations cannot be reserved and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. Rooms will be cleared following each presentation to make way for the next audience.
|Diversity in Dying
|Practical and Green/Eco Conversations About End of Life
|9:30 AM Doors Open|
|9:45 AM||Official Choral Welcome and Introductions|
|10:00 AM||The Final Journey at Home||Diverse Multicultural Perspectives on Dying and Death|
|10:30 AM||Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Directives, and Representation Agreements|
|11:30 AM||End of Life Companioning: The Last Three Months of Life|
|12:00 PM||Experiencing the End of Your Life: Reflections on MAiD||The Great To-Do List: Get Your Paperwork in Order, Before and After a Death|
|1:00 PM||Multifaith Considerations: Diverse Religious Perspectives on Dying and Death|
|1:30 PM||Being Present, in Living and with the Dying|
|2:00 PM||Home Funerals|
|2:30 PM||Let's Talk: Open Space/Open Sharing on Dying and Death|
|3:00 PM||Green Burial and Funeral Practices|
|10:00 AM - 4:00 PM||Symbols of Death and Quiet Room (Room 1400)|
|10:00 AM - 4:00 PM||End of Life Marketplace (Main Lobby)|
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre (Room 1900)
Official Choral Welcome and Introductions
9:45 am – 10 am
Start your End of Life Expo experience with the Vancouver Threshold Choir and their “Lullabies for the End.” Later throughout the day, the choir will also be heard singing in the hallways of the Expo.
The Final Journey at Home
10 am – 11:30 am
Join with Deborah to learn and discuss intimate details of her first-hand experience in journeying her mother through her home dying experience and later home funeral, and how these moments further opened their family to the beauty and love encountered in life…and death.
Experiencing the End of Your Life: Reflections on MAiD
Dr. Ellen Wiebe, M.D.
12 pm – 1:30 pm
Dr. Wiebe, one of Canada’s foremost experts on MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying), will lead this discussion about choice in dying and her related experiences.
2 pm – 3:30 pm
Join with Pashta, a Canadian leader in education on options in the pan-death continuum, to learn about and discuss caring for our own dead at home; specifically, designing your own home funeral.
SYMBOLS OF DEATH
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre (Room 1400)
Symbols of Death and Quiet Room
10 am – 4 pm
With thanks and appreciation to Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. and Mountain View Cemetery of the City of Vancouver for sponsoring this room and providing its Symbols of Death. Experience the following through sight, touch and emotion:
- Simple cardboard body box
- Burial shroud
- Regular urn
Chairs are also available in this room for sitting in quietude.
DIVERSITY IN DYING
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre (Room 1410)
Diverse Multicultural Perspectives on Dying and Death
10 am – 11 am
Community interfaith educator Harold will explore with you a few of an otherwise great diversity of cultural ways for relating to dying and death.
End of Life Companioning: The Last Three Months of Life
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join with cancer and palliative care nurse Zahra, as she companions you through the last three months of life.
Multifaith Considerations: Diverse Religious Perspectives on Dying and Death
Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi (Islam), Rabbi Hannah Dresner (Judaism), Myoshin Kate McCandless (Zen Buddhism), Firdosh Mehta (Zoroastrianism)
1 pm – 2 pm
Join with our panel of religious leaders, most of whom hold direct experience in end of life care, to learn about some of their religious traditions' perspectives on dying and death.
Let’s Talk: Open Space/Open Sharing on Dying and Death
Facilitated by Mark Smith
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Join with Mark and other End of Life Expo-goers to openly share personal reflections on dying and death as held before, considered through, and impacted on by this Expo.
PRACTICAL AND GREEN/ECO CONVERSATIONS ABOUT END OF LIFE
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre (Room 1420)
The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. Present:
Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Directives, and Representation Agreements
Tammy Morin Nakashima, Past President, Society of Notaries Public of B.C.
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join with Tammy to learn and ask questions about these necessary end-of-life documents.
The Great To-Do List: Get Your Paperwork in Order, Before and After a Death
12 pm – 1 pm
Learn about (and even be surprised by!) the Great To-Do List associated with your end of life.
Being Present, in Living and With the Dying
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn and practise some psyche-spiritual skills and techniques to be present with the dying.
Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. and Mountain View Cemetery/City of Vancouver Co-Present:
Green Burial and Funeral Practices
R. Scott McFarlane, Owner, Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
Glen Hodges, Manager, Mountain View Cemetery/City of Vancouver
3 pm – 4 pm
Join with Scott and Glen to learn about and discuss new green and eco options at your end of life.