Providence Lecture Theatre
Free admission, no registration required
Our Common Companion: Normalizing Death and Dying
Our culture and Christianity have medicalized death, compounding not only our obligation to prolong life as much as possible, but also our fear of death. How can we confront our compulsively avoidant attitudes and actions toward death, and make peace with it?
David Kennedy, M.T.S, Certificates in Grief, Bereavement, and Trauma
David Kennedy has served as both a pastor and a professor in Ontario. Beginning eleven years ago, he has developed the Grief and Bereavement programs of Hospice Peterborough, which in 2017 served over 1,800 persons, including children, teens, and adults. Today he is the Supportive Care Counsellor for the Palliative Community Team at Hospice Peterborough, which supports individuals and families of those who are dying. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Bereavement Program at OISE, University of Toronto.
7:00 PM | Preliminary Workshop: A Dialogue on Death and Dying
Participants will explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences via safe, structured, and guided discussion.
10:00 - 11:30 AM | Bringing Death Back into Life: Recovering Wholeness
Examining our personal and collective thoughts about death and dying can bring it back into the realm of everyday life. This lecture will explore how we have arrived at our obsessive denial of death and dying, and what is needed to accept it as the natural and ever-present experience of all living things.
1:00 - 2:30 PM | Medical Assistance in Dying: MAID in Canada
MAID has been legal for over two years now, providing sufficient experience to evaluate its impact. This lecture will overview what I have learned in my journey with many individuals and families toward assisted dying, and its aftermath. Both current and future impacts will be considered.
2:30 PM | Refreshments
2:45 - 3:30 PM | A Conversation with David Kennedy