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General News · 15th March 2022
Margaret Verschuur
The Quadra Island DeathCaring Collective (Way To Go) is hosting a Death Education Fair on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Quadra Community Centre; folks from Cortes are participating and you are invited. The Fair is an opportunity to learn more about death and dying in a relaxed atmosphere and expand your awareness about this topic. The emphasis of the Fair is on local, natural, alternative, and community minded approaches. It’s about bringing death back into the stream of life in real and tangible ways.

In a comfortable and friendly environment, learn about community-led death care, caskets, shrouds, personal planning, hospice, grief and loss, MAID, and much more. In the main hall, peruse the information at each table, ask questions, and learn about topics of interest or those new to you, like aquamation. Upstairs in the QCC, sit and enjoy the exquisite Threshold Choir and any of the three presentations by community members. In a room adjacent to the main hall, come and relax in the Death Cafe where you can engage in directed conversation while enjoying tea and cookies. Arrive any time during the event and stay as long as you like. At 1:30 there will be a presentation in the main hall, introducing the Fair and each topic.

The result of living in a society that is shy to talk about death is that our knowledge about what is possible is often narrow and limited. Death is not a medical event; it is a human experience. It is something we do. How can we navigate it in ways that align with who we are and what we value?

The “In Remembrance” table honours those we love who have died. Bring a picture or memento to place on the table, acknowledging the grief in missing them, and the gratitude for how their lives have touched ours.

Unfortunately, current public health protocols sill require that you show your vaccine passport at the door. Of course, if you have any symptoms of illness, stay in the comfort of your own home.

Cortes has led the way in a lot of what is being shared at the Fair on Quadra. I hope many from Cortes make time to come and learn.