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Nights of Grief and Mystery

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:30pm

5:30pm - Refreshments
6:00pm - Cultural Teachings with David Osawabine

7:00pm - Nights of Grief and Mystery: Stephen Jenkinson and the Gregory Hoskins Band



Debajehmujig Storytellers is proud to announce the hosting of our first Death Café on September 18, 2018 at The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, at 43 Queen St in Manitowaning. The event is free, and does not require reservations or tickets. It will begin at 5.30 with food, refreshments and opening remarks with David Osawabine nd Anishnabe perspectives on death and dying that will be followed at 7.00, by An Evening of Grief and Mystery, featuring acclaimed author and speaker Steven Jenkinson and musician and creator, Gregory Hoskins.

The overall objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives and provide thoughtful opportunity for dialogue about end of life care.  The idea is to foster discussion and to share stories rather than a grief support or counselling session. We are offering respectful and confidential bi cultural space with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. We are offering delicious food and refreshing drinks to help facilitate comfort, sharing and normalizing a difficult but not morbid topic that will eventually impact everyone.

The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid in 2010. It is operated entirely by volunteers. Jon Underwood decided to develop a series of projects about death, one of which was to focus on talking about death. The methodology was developed first by Sue Barky Reid in the U.K. and has since caught on around the world with over 6817 Death Cafes hosted in 56 countries since September 2011, breathing life into conversations about dying.

The event is sponsored by MICTA, Manitoulin Island Clinical Teachers Association – Local Education Group, an association of medical professionals dedicated to clinical education and high quality wholistic health care for the residents of Manitoulin Island.

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