Blog by Pastor Loretta Jaunzarins
We’ve changed. Our Canadian culture has changed a lot in the past few years. Canadians seem to be more interested in talking about death and end of life issues than in previous years.
I think this increase is due in large part to the legalization of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Bill C-14, that came into effect in Canada in June 2016. MAID is a controversial subject but it has given us a way to speak more freely about the end of life issues that concern us and how we want to die.
Death Café Event
One tool to help us open up more and talk about the end of life issues that most concern us are Death Cafes. I’ve had many inquiries about Death Café since we scheduled one here at Grace on October 24th at 7 pm.
The Death Café website states: “At a Death Café people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” The emphasis is on ‘finite’. We live in a death denying culture that’s caught up to us. We’ve convinced ourselves that we can avoid death but then death happens to someone we care about and we don’t know what to think. How can death happen in a culture that promises eternal youth?
We’ve been in a daze about dying and death so that for decades we have had little say in how we want to live out our finite life and how we want to die. We’ve lost our voice and ourselves.
We’ve succumbed to different end of life industries who dictate where we must live in retirement, where we must die, how we must accept treatments and procedures that rarely extend our lives let alone give us greater quality of life, and how we will be remembered and buried with little input or creativity on our part.
What is Death Café?
How to find our voices, How to make our own choices? Death Café is a place to gather and talk without fear or embarrassment about these important issues in our lives. It’s actually ok to talk about these things. Death Café is a starting point to help us live and die, not according to industry standards or default settings, but according to what is most important and meaningful for us and those who care about us.
Join us at Death Café to start talking about what’s important to you. You’ll have a chance to gather with like minded people and discuss what’s on your mind. No one will be shocked that you want to talk about death because you’ll be at Death Café! Invite family and friends to join you and start talking about the rest of your finite life!
Thursday, October 24 – 7 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
1107 Main St. West, Hamilton (corner of Main W and Cline)
lots of parking
RSPV: 905-527-0877 or firstname.lastname@example.org