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What is a Death Café and Why Does It Matter?

​By Hailey Krychman When my grandfather died nearly ten years ago, my family and friends said, “death is a part of life.” It’s a saying I’m sure many of us have heard. However, over time, I noticed there is an underlying falseness to this because death is not an active part of our lives. We never discuss how we feel about death unless we are in mourning. We do not confront our own mortality until we are facing a coffin. We don’t often have deep, personal conversations about death in the midst of our daily lives, but now we can - at a Death Café. In 2011, Jon Underwood and his mother, Sue Barsky Reid, organized the first non-profit Death Café in the United Kingdom in order to confront the discomfort we feel when talking about death. He was inspired by the realization that standard conversations about death are “outsourced” to medical professionals or funeral home workers - those who are accustomed to talking [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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What is a Death Café and Why Does It Matter?

By | February 28th, 2018|

​By Hailey Krychman When my grandfather died nearly ten years ago, my family and friends said, “death is a part of life.” It’s a saying I’m sure many of us have heard. However, over time, I noticed there is an underlying falseness to this because death is not an [...]

Video Podcasts from the Means of Production Speakers’ Series

By | November 24th, 2017|

"Deana Bowen: Race + Media + Archive" Co-presented by Black Lives Matter Toronto Tuesday November 24th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204  From Ferguson to Toronto,Black lives have become targets– of violence, racism and misrepresentation. In this lecture/workshop, acclaimed Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowenwill present her [...]

with Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq

By | April 11th, 2017|

Tuesday April 11th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204 The event will feature the screening of the documentary “Sol”, which examines youth suicide in the North. It was produced by Inuit women’s media production collective, Arnait Productions. The screening will be followed by a Skype discussion [...]