Copy of More than the End of Life

2017 Spring Annual Regional Conference

Join us for this year’s regional conference!


  1. To introduce the concept of compassionate communities and a public health approach to illness, dying and grief.
  2. To facilitate new understandings of grief & loss; new treatments & therapies, and new approaches to funerals & celebrations of life.
  3. To enhance knowledge of what a palliative approach to care means for individuals, families and community members.

Program Details:

Keynote Presentation, Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller: “Dying Matters”: Palliative Care IS Everybody’s Business  

This presentation will highlight the importance and impact that situating palliative care within public health will have on Canadians. People living with life-threatening illness, their caregivers, and the bereaved are often segmented social groups, living their experiences hidden and disenfranchised from the wider community. A public health approach takes the responsibility of palliative care from a few highly trained specialists to a community that considers it “everybody’s business.” This session will introduce tools and resources that empower participants in their everyday practice to support Compassionate Communities across Canada.

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Workshops (Choose 2 of 3):
  1.  Mindfulness 101 – Larry Borins, MSW, Mind Health Toronto READ MORE
  2.  Ambiguous Loss – Erika Rice, Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County READ MORE
  3.  Living with Metastatic Cancer in the Age of Immuno-oncology – Colleen Campbell, NP, MN CON©, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program  READ MORE
Final Presentation, Linda Stuart: “Ceremonies Matter”: Do We Underestimate the Power of Ceremony?

Studies tell us that people want their end-of-life ceremony to be transformative. They want a creative ceremony that focuses on their life story, not their death story. They want their loved ones to feel deeply connected to each other and to other survivors.

Yet too many families walk through the doors of funeral homes with the request of “nothing.” Or perhaps they do opt for a funeral, but end up feeling nothing because it lacks depth and meaning. Whether families choose no ceremony or a cookie-cutter funeral that leaves them and their guests cold, an opportunity to foster connection, embrace community and impact all who attended has been missed.

We have seen a significant shift away from traditional funerals in North America. The term “Celebration of Life” has been widely embraced but, for many, this phrase suggests that we replace funeral ceremonies with celebratory parties. These concepts don’t need to be mutually exclusive. It is possible to have a “Celebration of Life” that includes meaningful ceremonial and ritual elements, along with storytelling, connection and, yes, even laughter. A good ceremony allows space for all emotions to be felt.

In a well-crafted and well-delivered ceremony, whether in a chapel, graveside or other location, the words spoken, the feelings evoked, and the symbolic rituals enacted have the potential to transform every single person who attends that ceremony.

In this presentation, Life-Cycle Celebrant Linda Stuart outlines how and why we should help families create heartfelt, rich, and unique ceremonies.

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Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Best Western Mariposa Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia

Fee: $85.00

**If you are a volunteer, please contact the NSMHPCN office to receive the volunteer rate code** (705-325-0505)

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Historical Conference Information

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